Astrophysics Group

Lincolnshire-born former NASA astronaut, Michael Foale CBE, returns home to share his extraordinary tales from outer space.

An article on the event along with comments by Dr Phil Sutton, an astrophysicist at the University of Lincoln, is available on The Echo website. Below is further details about the event:

Pint of Science, in collaboration with the University of Lincoln and the International Space School Trust, are proud to launch the upcoming, “An evening with astronaut Michael Foale”. This unmissable event marks the homecoming of Lincolnshire-born astronaut, Michael Foale, so he can share tales and personal videos from his time in space. Join us in welcoming him home at the Isaac Newton Building, Brayford Campus, University of Lincoln, on Thursday, 17th January, to hear our local hero tell exciting tales from his time in outer space, including a nail-biting account of what happened when the Russian Mir space station…

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About Phil Sutton

Lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Lincoln. My research interests include the computer modelling of planetary rings. This includes the very dynamic F ring at the edge of Saturn's rings which interacts with nearby moons on very short time scales. The investigation of planetary rings can help us understand more about planet and moon formation. An potentially interesting case comes in the form of circumbinary exoplanets we have recently discovered like Kepler-16b. These large gas giants are capable of harboring Earth sized moons around them. Yet how might they form? Looking at planetary ring stability around such exotic exoplanets might help us understand more.

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