Keele Astronomers win massive amounts of facility time

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Posted on 03 October 2017

Student Viktor Zivkov, with Joana Oliveira, won 54 hours on the 4m VISTA telescope in Chile to study stars forming in the Magellanic Clouds.

Coel Hellier, with David Anderson and student Lorna Temple, won 8 nights on the 3.6m ESO telescope in Chile to discover planets around hot stars.

John Southworth, with Pierre Maxted and Barry Smalley, won 7 nights on the 4.2m William Herschel Telescope in Spain, 2 nights on the 3.6m New Technology Telescope in Chile, and 7 nights on the 1.9m telescope in South Africa to study exoplanets and their hosts; with Maxted and student Sam Gill he won 17 hours on the 2m Liverpool Telescope in Spain to study eclipsing binary stars.

Pierre Maxted, with Rob Jeffries, won 13 nights on the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) in Spain to study tidal interactions between binary solar-type stars.

Student Teo Mocnik, with Southworth and Hellier, won access to data from the Kepler spacecraft to study exoplanet systems.

Jacco van Loon won 7 hours on the 8.2m Very Large Telescope in Chile against an overbidding factor of 12, to study the remnant of a supernova explosion; with student James Bamber he won 4 nights on the INT to find dying stars in nearby galaxies; and with student Ameerah Al-Sadooni he won 28 hours time on the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) to study galaxies seen on their sides.

Sam Gill, with Smalley, Maxted and student Jessica Kirkby-Kent won 5 hours on SALT to characterise binary stars. Both SALT allocations are at no cost to Keele.