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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.

2019 News and Announcements

  • Feb. 11, 2019: Qusai Al Shidi presented a talk entitled “Time-Dependent Collisional MHD Model of the Chromosphere” at the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
  • Feb. 7, 2019: Boston University Center for Space Physics Seminar Series – Prof. Ofer Cohen presented a talk entitled “Heliophysics of Exoplanets and Star‐planet Interaction.”
LoCSST representative demonstrating equipment for students
  • Jan. 23, 2019: LoCSST students Sarah Underwood, Tim Barrett, and Rigel Cappallo, along with Profs. Silas Laycock and Ofer Cohen provided a Space Science Center booth at UMass Lowell Athletics’ Fifth Annual Health & Fitness Field Trip Day at the Tsongas Center. It was a high energy morning with over 3,000 third to sixth grade students from surrounding towns roaming the “Kids’ Concourse” before the River Hawks women’s basketball game. The kids enjoyed seeing their reflections in the giant telescope mirror at the booth. This brought them in to pepper the staff with questions about space, and to learn about how and why someone would become an astronaut. The ever popular "Fabric of Space Time" got stretched near breaking point as groups of kids explored how gravity causes planets to orbit the Sun, and why the moon stays with the Earth and doesn’t fall into the Sun. The activity serves as an ice breaker for discussion about Albert Einstein’s contributions and the significance of Emmy Noether, and how we may recognize one but not the other! Thanks to Emily Quigley at UMass Lowell Athletics for inviting LoCSST to participate and meet so many enthusiastic young people.
  • Jan. 16, 2019: Congratulations to Saurav Aryal who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Remote sensing of the upper atmosphere using ground-based imaging spectroscopy.”
  • Jan. 6-10, 2019: AAS Meeting - Seattle, Wash. - Timothy Cook presented two posters: “A balloon payload for infrared stellar astronomy” and “Time-Domain Astronomy with SOFIA: Results from Current Observations with FORCAST and Prospects with the Proposed New Instrument S3
  • Jan. 4, 2019: Silas Laycock and students used the 8-meter Gemini-North telescope (Mauna Team Hawaii) to observe the Cassiopeia starburst galaxy. Spectra for approximately 20 stars were obtained using the Gemini Multi Object spectrograph (GMOS).& These stars are suspected to be high mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs); each was selected based on images from the Chandra X-ray observatory. An HMXB is a massive star, perhaps 10X the mass of the Sun (or more) with a black hole or neutron star companion orbiting it.

2018 News and Announcements

  • Dec. 19, 2018: Professor Supriya Chakrabarti's lecture to students at the Rajabazar Science College was featured on Kolkata Wire.
  • Dec. 10-14, 2018: AGU Fall Meeting - Washington D.C.
  • Nov. 19, 2018: The New England Space Science Consortium meeting on the outer heliosphere and the interstellar interaction was held at UMass Lowell
  • Nov. 16, 2018: NEROC Symposium - Westford, Mass. - Supriya Chakrabarti presented the talk, "Highlights of current space research at Lowell center for Space Science and Technology (LoCSST)"
  • Nov. 2, 2018: Colloquium at the Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics - University of Calcutta, Kolkata - Supriya Chakrabarti presented the talk, "Small satellites for science and technology experiments at the university of Massachusetts, Lowell"
  • Sept. 24, 2018: World Space Observatory, Facultad de Estudios Estadísticos, Madrid - Supriya Chakrabarti presented the talk, "Space-based direct imaging of exoplanetary environment"
  • Sept. 20, 2018: Instituto de Optica-CSIC, Madrid - Supriya Chakrabarti presented a talk, "High contrast and Hyperspectral imagery from ground and space at LoCSST"
  • Aug. 8-10, 2018: Chandra Science Workshop on Accretion in Stellar Systems - Cambridge, Mass.
    • Prof. Laycock presented the talk, “Massive X-ray Binaries in Starburst Galaxies. What do they look like and how massive are they really?”
    • Ph.D. student, Rigel Cappallo presented the talk, “Exploring Pulsars with Polestar”
    • Ruchit Panchal presented his recent project on modeling the shape of eclipses in black hole X-ray binaries.
  • June 28, 2018: LOCSST had its fourth successful visit by students from the Portland high-school. The students visited the LOCSST labs and learned about Space Weather and black holes from professors Cohen and Laycock.
  • June 24, 2018: Project Blue Science Team Meeting, Austin, Texas - Supriya Chakrabarti presented a talk, “Suborbital Coronagraphic Imaging Program: The PICTURE series of experiments”
  • June 14, 2018: Center for Space Physics, Boston University, Boston - Supriya Chakrabarti presented the talk, “Highlights of Space Research at UMass Lowell”
  • June 6, 2018: LOCSST hosted the Boston Area Exoplanet Science Meeting with attendees from all the Northeast Us region.
  • June 3-7, 2018: American Astronomical Society Meeting - Denver Colorado - Rigel Cappallo presented his work with Profs. Dr. Laycock and Dr. Christodoulou on computer modeling X-ray pulsars
  • May 16, 2018: Two Immersive Scholars will be working with SPACE HAUC this summer: Kyle Hamblett and Robert Pierzynski. Congratulations to our former student project manager, Samuel Ashton, on recently graduating! The new student project manager is Simthyrearch Dy, a Physics student.
  • May 2, 2018: Prof. Laycock published an article about NASA’s RXTE mission in The Conversation.
  • April 25, 2018: Glenn Howe and George Geddes have been awarded Summer 2018 MASGC fellowships for their research work.
  • March 28, 2018: Prof. Cohen was quoted in a Scientific American news article.
  • Jan. 8-12, 2018: AAS Meeting, 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 was presented.