Below you will find a list of our current news and announcements. If you are looking for past ones, please visit our Previous News and Announcements page.
AAS Meeting - January 8-12, 2018, Washington D.C.
The talk "PICTURE-C: A NASA Balloon Mission to Directly Image Exozodiacal Dust Around Nearby Stars" by C. Mendillo, K. Hewawasam, G. A. Howe, J. Martel, S. Finn, T. Cook, and S. Chakrabarti will be presented.
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Exoplanet Science Meeting - December 4, MIT Cambridge, Mass.
Supriya Chakrabarti presented the opening talk "An Introduction to Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology" and two graduate students presented posters at the Northeast Radio Observatory Corporation (NEROC) Symposium Series-Second Annual Radio Science Symposium on November 8 at MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, Mass.
Supriya Charkabarti will attend the 9th European CubeSat Symposium from November 29-December 1, 2017 in Kursaal, Ostend, Belgium
Physics Colloquium and Space Physics Seminar Series Schedules:
Undergraduate student co-op scholars Matthew Linnehan and Liono Kou are pictured here with an early SPACE HAUC CubeSat model. The plan is for the satellite to be tested and completed by the end of 2017, with anticipated launch in 2018.
Supriya Chakrabarti presented the talk "The Limb Imaging Ionospheric and Thermospheric EUV Spectograph (LITEs): Early Results" at the 2017 Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa in late August.
NASA Press Release: Here we share the press release of the Nature paper co-authored by Ofer Cohen - August 2, 2017
NASA Press Release "IC 10: A Starburst Galaxy with the Prospect of Gravitational Waves" - August 10, 2017
PICTURE C News
Glenn Howe presented the poster "The low-order wavefront control system for the PICTURE-C mission: Preliminary testbed results from the Shack-Hartmann sensor" and Kuravi Hewawasam presented the poster "The low-order wavefront control system for the PICTURE-C mission: High-speed image acquisition and processing"at SPIE while Chris Mendillo gave a talk.
SPAC HAUC Update
Two of our graduate student researchers presented posters at CEDAR 2017 Workshop - June 18-23, 2017 - Keystone, Colo.
Several members of LoCSST participated in "Conversation Starter on Space Research" which was held May 10 and was hosted by Kennedy College of Sciences. The inaugural event focused on space research and featured presentations from a panel, which were followed by information discussions in small groups.
Listen to a recording of the event!
NewScientist:Neutron stars that slow down could be eating ‘backwards’ gas - May 2, 2017 - Silas Laycock, Dimitris Christodoulou, and Jun Yang "In the News!"
Our SPAC HAUC student team presented at i2i - a day-long celebration of innovation and achievement on April 28.
Spring 2017 Symposium - Space Exploration in the Upcoming Decade: The Domestication of Space: April 21-22
Leading visionaries, space scientists, astronauts and entrepreneurs from around the globe came together for a symposium that celebrated the 60-year anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 and the beginning of the space age. Learn more.
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Advisory Board Meeting Presentation - Our SPAC HAUC student team presented their research at the April 20 Advisory Board meeting.
Forbes:Exo-Earths With Global Magnetic Fields Most Likely To Have Life - April 10
Spring break student / faculty activities
Faculty, Students bring Astronomy Roadshow to Haiti Schoolchildren - March 24, 2017
Astronomy Roadshow in Haiti blog
Proxima Centauri News -Alien Planet Likely Can’t Support Life, Say Researchers - March 1, 2017
Congratulations to those recognized at the Faculty Symposium held March 2, 2017 at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center!
Supriya stands with Dr. Ajoy Ray, Director outside the workshop venue.
Supriya was invited to and delivered the keynote address at the conference “Recent Advances in Space Technology” which was organized by the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur on January, 16, 2017 at 3 p.m. Later that day, Supriya inaugurated the ‘Astrophel’, the Students Society for Space Club, and addressed the students on several topics related to Astrophysics and Space Technology.
LITES (Limb-imaging Ionospheric and Thermospheric Extreme-ultraviolet Spectrograph) is a compact imaging spectrograph for remote sensing of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. LITES was built at UMass Lowell and launched to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center on February 19, 2017 9:38 a.m. EST.
Supriya Chakrabarti and Susanna Finn were present in Florida for the launch! Susanna is the force behind LITES for UMass Lowell, LoCSST. Other team members include Prof. Timothy Cook and Jason Martel – our engineer. LITES will be collecting images of the ionosphere for 1-2 years and Physics graduate students Saurav Aryal and George Geddes will be analyzing the data. More details can be found on the Space Flight Now website.
September 6, 2017 - Daily Mail Online: The project to photograph a 'sister Earth': Astronomers reveal space telescope to scour Alpha Centauri system for planets like our own. The Project Blue team – made up of experts from non-profit exploration group the BoldlyGo Institute, UMass Lowell and the SETI Institute – must fund, build and launch the instrument.
UMass Lowell Physics Professor Supriya Chakrabarti helps Project Blue search for habitable worlds around the star system Alpha Centauri. Read the Project Blue story, understand the research or browse the national media attention.
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