Author Archives: Sarah Crowther

About Sarah Crowther

I'm a Post Doc in the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group. I study xenon isotope ratios using the RELAX mass spectrometer, to try to learn more about the origins and evolution of our solar system. I look at a wide range of samples from solar wind returned by NASA's Genesis mission to zircons (some of the oldest known terrestrial rocks), from meteorites to presolar grains.

Going Crazy in Paris!

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The 2017 Goldschmidt conference in Paris started yesterday morning, but yesterday I was on a Eurostar train on my way back to the UK from Paris. Several pre-conference workshops took place at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris … Continue reading

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80th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Greeting form Albuquerque! It’s about 7:45 am here, and thanks to jetlag I’ve been awake several hour already. I haven’t ventured outside yet, but it is going to be hot. It’s summer, and that means it is confence season. Our … Continue reading

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A day out in Bakewell with CBeebies Stargazing!

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It’s that time of year again – Stargazing Live will be on BBC2 at 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. This year Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain have swapped Jodrell Bank for Siding Springs Observatory in Australia, so … Continue reading

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Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2017

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It’s almost that time of year again… Planetary Scientists around the world are busy collecting those final bits of data and then preparing talks and posters before hopping on a plane to Houston because the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science … Continue reading

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New Group paper: The I-Xe chronometer and its constraints on the accretion and evolution of planetesimals

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Q: How do we date the sequence and timing of events in the early solar system? A: Using radiometric dating. Most of you have probably heard of carbon dating, which relies of the radioactive decay of one form of carbon, … Continue reading

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Goodbye Rosetta

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Yesterday we bid a fond farewell to the European Space Agency‘s (ESA’s) Rosetta mission, after 12 and a half year hurtling 7.9 billion km through space. The Rosetta spacecraft launched in March 2004, on a 10 year journey to Comet … Continue reading

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Autumn 2016 Events

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Hello! After a fun summer, which saw the inaugural Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank, a dinosaur wandering round Cheshire in the rain, and trips to Japan and German (yes, I did get my Spaghettieis, 2 in fact!) for conferences, its … Continue reading

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79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

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This weekend several members of the group are Berlin-bound for the 79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society. This annual conference attracts researchers from all over the world and covers various aspects of planetary science, but focuses on studies of … Continue reading

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Bluedot Festival

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This weekend saw the inaugural Bluedot Festival take place at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire. The festival takes its inspiration from scientist Carl Sagan who famously described the Earth as a “pale blue dot” in the vast universe. With that in … Continue reading

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