National Astronomy Meeting News 2012

The National Astronomy Meeting is the UK’s biggest conference of professional astronomers and space scientists. This year it’s being held in the city of Manchester. On this page you’ll find Sky at Night Magazine’s coverage of the conference and the science stories being discussed there.

The hunt for exomoons begins
Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:29pm

The hunt for planets beyond our own Solar System continues at a remarkable pace with new worlds being announced every few months. Now though one team of astronomers plans to go one step further by searching for the moons that may orbit these alien worlds. Dr David Kipping is leading the Hunt for Exomoons with Kepler project...

NAM profile: The Milky Way Project
Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:23pm

We caught up with Dr Sarah Kendrew and Dr Robert Simpson at the National Astronomy Meeting to talk about the Milky Way Project, which gets members of the public indentifying ‘bubbles’ within infrared images of our galaxy. The project works by asking users to draw around features in the images that they think look like bubbles. The aim is to build a catalogue of bubbles...

A photographic guide to NAM 2012
Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:40am

If you’ve never been to an academic conference and have wondered what actually goes on at a gathering like the National Astronomy Meeting, here’s a quick photographic guide to this year’s event. Each day starts with a plenary talk in the main theatre covering some aspect of astronomy or cosmology...

ALMA eyes up the edge of darkness
Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:12am

The inner sanctum of the Milky Way’s resident supermassive black hole may be about to give up its secrets, thanks to observations made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). ALMA is a revolutionary new array of astronomical antennas situated high in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The international project aims to provide astronomers with...

Amateur images of comets reveal solar secrets
Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:25pm

A picturesque snap of a comet might reveal more about our Solar System than it may at first seem. Astronomers from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory have used amateur images of comets to study the Sun – enabling them to examine what our star was up to when the pictures were taken.

The University of Manchester, home of the National Astronomy Meeting 2012
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:45am

Hello from the University of Manchester and the 2012 National Astronomy Meeting. My name’s Will Gater and I’m the features editor on Sky at Night Magazine. This week astronomers from around the world are convening here in Manchester to hear about and discuss the latest advances in astronomy and space science...

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