Welcome to the Keele Astrophysics Group which is part of the
EPSAM Research Institute
and the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
The Keele Astrophysics group currently consists of 10 academic staff
members, with research interests including star formation and stellar clusters,
late stellar evolution, massive stars and their impact on the early universe,
the interstellar medium, binary stars, interacting binary stars, and the
detection of extra-solar planets.
WWF's Earth Hour
For the first time, Keele University participates in the World Wildlife
Foundation's Earth Hour. Saturday 23
March, between 8:30 and 9:30pm, Keele Observatory will open its doors; a
telescope will be set up at Union Square as well. (Photo: NASA)
Keele Astronomers find Solid Buckyballs in Space
Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of astronomers led by Nye Evans
and including Jacco van Loon of the Keele Astrophysics Group has detected
solid buckminsterfullerne (C60) in space for the first time. The
buckminsterfullerne molecules are spherical, like soccer balls, and in solid
form they stack like "oranges in a crate", as shown in the illustration. The
"buckyballs" are found in the environment of a star called XX Ophiuchi,
which is about 6500 light years from Earth.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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