Astrophysicist brings findings from far-away planets to Lincoln

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by Laura Jones – PR Officer

As one of the most scientifically rich voyages ever undertaken in our solar system reaches its dramatic conclusion, an astrophysicist who examines data from NASA’s pioneering Cassini mission joins the University of Lincoln, UK, to establish an exciting new specialism in space, planets and moon formation.

Dr Phil Sutton’s work focusses on the scientific study of the rings around Saturn – the second largest planet in our solar system.

His research uses optical images sent back to Earth from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which is currently orbiting Saturn after almost 20 years in space. Cassini is now embarking on the final chapter of its remarkable exploration – labelled its ‘Grand Finale’.

Cassini was launched in 1997, took seven years to travel to Saturn, and has spent the last 13 years orbiting the planet. Throughout its journey, Cassini has sent an extensive catalogue of invaluable…

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Dr Phil Sutton

Dr Phil Sutton

IMG-20170803-WA0000Phil Sutton starts his new position at the University of Lincoln in the School of Mathematics and Physics as Lecturer of Astrophysics 1st September 2017. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Nottingham Trent in Physics with Astrophysics in 2006. During his undergraduate studies and up until taking a position in the physics department at Loughborough University in 2007 he also worked as mechanic building and racing cars. Experimentation with large engines in small cars (Vauxhall corsa) led to some success at national events. Winning first place in the 1/4 mile (low 12 seconds with terminal speeds of 128mph) at Santa Pod raceway at the performance Vauxhall show and placing in the finals at Ten Of The Best, a national event to find the fastest street legal cars in country.


For the ten years spent at Loughborough University as technician and more recently a technical tutor he was responsible for the…

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Annual Robert Grosseteste Lecture in Astrophysics

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Planets and Pulsations: The New Keplerian Revolution

a public lecture by

Professor Don Kurtz

Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

Wednesday, 6 December 2017,

6:00-7:20 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre  INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

Eventbrite - Annual Robert Grosseteste Lecture in Astrophysics

One of the biggest questions humans can ask is, “Are we alone?” Does Earth harbour the only life in the universe? Everyone has an opinion on this question, but as scientists, we want to know. A first step is to find other planets like the Earth, planets with rocky surfaces and liquid water where conditions are similar to home. The Kepler Space Mission has done this. With the discovery of nearly 5000 planets orbiting other stars Kepler has revolutionised our view. It has found entire solar systems orbiting other stars and it has even found planets orbiting double stars: Yes, Luke Skywalker’s fictional home planet Tatooine really does…

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1st Annual Edmund Weaver Lecture in Astronomy

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Over A Decade Of Discoveries

a public lecture by

Dr Phil Sutton

Loughborough University (till August 2017)

Wednesday, 11 October 2017,

6:00-7:20 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre  INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

Eventbrite - 1st Edmund Weaver Lecture in Astronomy
The Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004. The unprecedented detail of over a decade’s worth of observations of Saturn, its rings and many moons has helped us further understand our Solar System. With Saturn being placed onto a direct collision with Saturn in the later part of 2017 we are expecting the most exciting science to come from these more risky manoeuvres. We will recap some of the most important and exciting discoveries that Cassini has made over the following decade along with its very last contributions to science.

Phil Sutton graduated in Physics with Astrophysics from Nottingham Trent University. He worked at the physics department of Loughborough University for 10…

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