Observations and Modelling of Comet and Asteroids

Lead Research Organisation: University of Kent
Department Name: Sch of Physical Sciences

Abstract

The student will be working on data from telescope observations of asteroid and cometary bodies, and will be involved in modelling to study their physical and compositional properties and behaviour. The PhD project will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Lowry.

Publications

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/N50435X/1 01/10/2015 30/09/2020
1642218 Studentship ST/N50435X/1 19/09/2015 15/09/2019 Tarik Joseph Zegmott
 
Description ING support and research studentship programme
Amount £5,280 (GBP)
Organisation Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) 
Sector Public
Country Spain
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description RAS Small Grants Scheme
Amount £610 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Astronomical Society 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2016 
End 11/2016
 
Description Beacon Observatory, University of Kent 
Organisation University of Kent
Department School of Physical Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Together we run the university's telescope, for teaching and science purposes. I teach the students and also contribute as an observer.
Collaborator Contribution Partners also help by observing as well as by running the telescope administratively.
Impact Science papers: one published, one in progress.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Royal Society Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We ran a stall for the Royal Society Exhibition, showcasing groundbreaking results from the Rosetta space mission. The aim was to increase public awareness about the space mission and highlight key findings. Activities included virtual reality showing the comet, a scale model of 67P's nucleus, and 'smelling' the comet. The event was huge and ran over several days, attendance must've been in the thousands.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2016/summer-science-exhibition/exhibits/rosetta...
 
Description School Visits (Multiple Schools) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Designed and lead asteroid outreach session. The aim was to give pupils an understanding of asteroidal lightcurves and what we can learn from them, in addition to how shape models are obtained from radar observations. These talks led to enthusiastic questions from the pupils covering all aspects of asteroids.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
 
Description University of Kent Space School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participants will have the chance to take part in all the usual fantastic activities such as observation evenings with the department's telescopes (including the new state of the art Beacon Observatory), rocket design, building and launch, as well as spending time working on space science and astronomy projects with academics and postgraduate students.

For the science project, I designed and taught a workshop teaching secondary school pupils about data reduction and photometry as part of the three-day residential school.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences/spaceschool/