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19th October 2013
The new academic year has now started for the Astronomy Distance Learning course, and all fully enrolled students should have access to the learning materials on UCLan's Elearn Server.
24th June 2013
Each year the students obtaining the highest marks in the most popular entry level modules are awarded a prize.
1st June 2013
Nigel Clayton, who graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) Astronomy in June 2012 has now published a write-up of his Astronomy Dissertation in Volume 6.1 of Diffusion, UCLan's undergraduate resarch journal. The paper is entitled "Determination of the distance to the Galactic centre"
17th May 2013
Our very own Silvia Dalla, known to many of you as Distance Learning Course Leader until September 2013 and Mike Marsh recently published work on solar flares. They have developed a method of tracking solar flare radiation that can be used to warn International Space Station astronauts if harmful radiation is heading their way.
12th February 2013
Over 250 visitors tried their hand at the Astronomy Quiz at Astrofest 2013.
The main prize winners were:
Lee Banwell from Croydon (Friday), and J Salmon from Kensington (Saturday).
The winners of the junior prizes were Nina from Surrey (Friday) and Gwenedd from Harrow (Saturday).
2nd February 2013
The module availability has now been updated for start of courses Oct 2013 with a look ahead until 2015/16. See Module Availability page for details. The module fees for 2013/14 Astronomy Distance Learning Courses have now been approved for next year. We are please to say that we have been able to keep them down to comparable to last year for most students.
2nd February 2013
An international team of astronomers, led by academics from the University of Central Lancashire, has found the largest known structure in the universe. The large quasar group (LQG) is so large that it would take a vehicle travelling at the speed of light some 4 billion years to cross it. The team publish their results in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
4th October 2012
Draft module schedules for 2012/13 are now available for the modules starting in October 2012.
They are linked under 'Draft Schedule' for each entry on the 'View all Modules' page.
They show provisional Course Work deadlines and on-line classroom dates.
2nd October 2012
This year's courses will all be starting on the 15th October 2012.
If you have been asked to enrol online, please ensure that you have completed on-line enrollment. This will enable you to see your list of modules when they become available to students on Blackboard on approximately the 15th October 2012. See Current Students' tab for updates.
Please will any one who has received a payment request but not yet paid do so as quickly as you can as this enables the enrollment process to get started.
Over the next few days we will post additional news.
14th March 2012
The annual Alston Observatory weekend took place on February 17-19 2012. Students enjoyed the astronomy activities, observing, talks and interaction with other students and Course Team staff.
11th March 2012
One of the students on our BSc (Hons) in Astronomy has been invited to give a series of talks to the Newcastle Astronomical Society.
16th February 2012
A copy of the Astroquiz we took to Astrofest in London, and the names of this year's winners!
4th February 2012
Applications are now open for new students wishing to apply for one of our Distance Learning courses for October 2012 start.
4th March 2011
The annual Alston Observatory weekend took place on February 25-27 2011. Students enjoyed the astronomy activities, observing, talks and interaction with other students and Course Team staff.
10th February 2011
A copy of the Astroquiz we took to Astrofest in London.
1st February 2011
Applications are now open for new students wishing to apply for one of our Distance Learning courses for October 2011 start.
6th January 2011
The University of Central Lancashire will host two Stargazing Live events in January 2011.
6th January 2011
3rd December 2010
Two distance learning students were awarded their BSc (Hons) in Astronomy at a Graduation Ceremony in Preston.
30th June 2010
Results for all our courses have been released and prizewinners for our entry point courses announced
22nd March 2010
The annual Alston Observatory weekend took place on March 12-14 2010. Despite the overcast weather, students enjoyed the astronomy activities, talks and interaction with other students and Course Team staff.
2nd February 2010
Applications are now open for new students wishing to apply for one of our Distance Learning courses for October 2010 start.
31st January 2010
On a recent research visit to the University of Manchester, Dr Stewart Eyres took some time out to give and interview to Dr Tim O'Brien for inclusion in the January 2010 Extra Jodcast. He spoke to Tim about the fascinating born-again giant star Sakurai's object, ranging over stellar evolution, planetary nebulae, white dwarfs and the contribution amateur astronomers can make to modern science.
9th October 2009
Our courses commence during the week beginning the 12th October. We will be releasing materials via WebCT, sending out induction packs and beginning the process of tutoring students. See the Current Students link on this website to check on progress of the induction process for your module, and to troubleshoot any problems you may encounter.
17th July 2009
Three astrophysics degree students have recently returned from a trip to South Africa, where the University has invested in the Southern African Large Telescope. As well as touring SALT, they carried out observations on research-class telescopes, visited amazing and historic sites around South Africa and spoke to children in a number of schools.
26th June 2009
Results Day for the Distance Learning Courses is Friday 26th June 2009. Congratulations to all our students who have successfully completed their modules. Special congratulations go to our Prizewinners for 2009.
26th May 2009
Modelling chemical evolution in Elliptical Galaxies and Spiral Bulges: UCLan is funding a number of Part-Time PhD places through the Arnoux bursary scheme. One of these is available within the Extragalactic Astrophysics group, in the subject area of understanding stellar populations in galaxies. The student will work at UCLan's main campus in Preston.
21st February 2009
The Centre for Astrophysics will transform into the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (JHI for short) over the course of 2009. This new institute draws in researchers making use of high-performance computing in areas as diverse as soft matter physics, bioinformatics and the structure of galaxies.
21st January 2009
The astrophysics research at UCLan has come out well from the recent government assessment, with a large fraction of our work judged to be of international standing.
21st July 2008
Astronomers from UK Universities, including UCLan, working with colleagues from Germany and Australia have calculated that the Universe is actually twice as bright as previously thought. In the latest Astrophysical Journal Letters (10th May), the astronomers describe how dust is obscuring approximately half of the light that the Universe is currently generating.
20th July 2008
A team of scientists led by Silvia Dalla, of the Centre for Astrophysics, have discovered that 44 percent of new sunspots forming in the West of the Sun are invisible to our best telescopes. They analysed nearly 7,000 sunspots that were observed over a 25 year period and found some areas of the Sun's disk are missing new sunspots compared to others.