New Scientist Live is a 4 day festival held in London made for anyone curious about science and what scientist do everyday to unveil the many secrets of the universe. Brain surgery, general relativity, immortality, quantum mechanics, AI, aliens… the list goes on. Whatever it is in science which peaks your interest they’ll most likely be a talk or a exhibition on the subject.
This year they have got some fantastic speakers: Jim Al-Khaili, who’ve I’ve talk about in a previous blog; Hannah Fry, who has featured many times on on of my favourite YouTube channels Numberphile; Carlo Rovelli who has written some of my favourite physics books; and some of my own lecturers including Prof Emma Bunce who will talk about the BepiColombo probe which which will study Mercury, Astronauts: Do you have what it takes? winner Dr Suzie Imber will also be there to talk about Leicester’s involvement in the BepiColombo mission.
Come and see how craters are formed on Mercury with @suzieimberspace at @newscilive from 20-23 September, and find out how Leicester's involvement in the @BepiColombo @ESA mission will help look at this! #OutofthisWorld https://t.co/Ko9XULzfEd pic.twitter.com/RFKLhUWg1w
— Uni of Leicester (@uniofleicester) September 1, 2018
Emma Bunce is the Principal Investigator for the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (MIXS). The MIXS instrument will observe the sun’s closest orbiting planet from the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter scheduled to launch October 2018. The MIXS instrument will be the first to do x-ray imaging of another planetary body.
It’s exciting to see the people who teach me being so involved in research which could revolutionise our understanding of the solar system. I have written blogs about previous discoveries made by my lecturers during my time at uni, such as the TRAPPIST-1 discovery and the GW170817 gravitational wave discovery, and being taught by people involved in cutting-edge research makes you feel so much closer to science.
Read more about the University of Leicester’s involvement in New Scientist Live here.
“This is a very exciting time for us at the University of Leicester, as we wait for the launch of the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft to Mercury. The data from our instrument and from the wider payload will revolutionise our understanding of Mercury. I look forward to sharing our excitement around this mission and encouraging the next generation of scientists to come and work with us on the data in 2025!”
-Prof Emma Bunce