Category Archives: Space

New ‘Meteorite hunt!’ activity

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Earth and Solar System has a new fun activity called ‘Meteorite hunt!’ we have been trialing with group members and put into practice at the Science Museum Lates event last Wednesday in London. Funded by a grant from the Royal … 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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Comets: Atmospheres, water, and life?

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Comets may have brought the water that gave rise to the oceans, the atmosphere, and potentially life to Earth. Continue reading

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New group paper about ‘Miller Range 11100 Meteorite: a Piece of Asteroid Vesta’

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The following blog post has been written by Tim Gregory, who is undertaking a PhD at the University of Bristol. Tim is a recent graduate of our MSci Geology with Planetary Science degree programme, and his new paper, just published in … Continue reading

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Extraterrestrial Materials Research Meeting 2016 – a great success!

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The Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry Group of The University of Manchester hosted a meeting on extraterrestrial materials on Tuesday 1st November 2016 at the Manchester Museum. The aim of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the UK planetary science … Continue reading

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New group paper: New lunar meteorites revealing the history of the Moon’s crust

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The following blog has been written by our colleague Abigail Calzada-Diaz from Birkbeck College about a new collaborative paper between Birkbeck College, the Univeristy of Manchester and the Natural History Musuem London published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Most of what we … Continue reading

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New Group paper – The Moon: An Archive of Small Body Migration in the Solar System

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The Moon’s surface is absolutely covered in impact craters. These range in size from the behemoth South Pole-Aitken basin, which is a staggeringly ~2500 km in diameter and 13 km deep, all the way down to microscopic impact craters on … 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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