Your Universe

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The Twinkle team was delighted to participate once again in Your Universe, UCL’s annual festival of astronomy and particle physics, from 2-4 March. Your Universe features lectures, panel discussions, live demonstrations and opportunities to observe through telescopes, with activities aimed at primary and secondary schools as well as members of the general public. The event is the brainchild of the … Read More

Enlisting amateur astronomers in support of Twinkle’s mission

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Unravelling the story of 100 planets in our galaxy is an ambitious goal for a small mission like Twinkle. We are now in the process of writing the prologue to that story by finalising the preliminary list of exactly which planets Twinkle will study (look out for an announcement soon). There are a number of ways in which we can … Read More

Twinkle’s Year

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The past 12 months have been a transformative time for the Twinkle mission. In June, we announced the results of our payload study and we have presented this work at a number of significant conferences this year, including the 4S Symposium and SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2016. Work is now underway on the next phase, the payload integration study, … Read More

Twinkle at the European Parliment

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This November, Twinkle’s project manager, Marcell, and communications manager, Anita, went to Brussels to visit the European Parliament. We were invited by Europlanet, Europe’s community organisation for planetary science, which had in turn been invited to take part in events and an exhibition for the 8th European Innovation Summit (EIS) and the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Annual Lecture. … Read More

Presenting Twinkle abroad

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Over the past two months Twinkle’s project manager, Marcell, has been travelling around the world to present the mission to an international audience. The aim of these trips is to raise the international profile of the space mission and explore interests from potential collaborators and future partners. As we state on our ‘Mission’ page, we are exploring multiple funding avenues, … Read More

Democratisation of Space

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Twinkle was invited to take part at a session on the democratisation of space, as part of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016 in Manchester last week. ESOF is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. The 2016 meeting in Manchester attracted 4,500 people. Alongside our own Marcell Tessenyi, the panel comprised: * Prof Alan … Read More

Twinkle’s first milestone – payload study complete

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As you might have read in our recent press release or seen on our Twitter this month, the payload study for Twinkle is now complete. This is a major milestone for us and our partners, and a big step towards our launch. We’ve written on the blog before about why we have a payload study, but what does its completion … Read More

ORBYTS Graduation

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We’re really excited to have the first cohort of our young A-level scientists graduating from the ORBYTS programme this July! These students have been working with PhD and post-doc scientists on molecular astrophysics since January, and are currently working on getting their research on acetylene, titanium oxide, and methane ready for publication. To celebrate their achievement we’re holding a graduation … Read More

A target bonanza for Twinkle

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The number of confirmed exoplanets discovered to date has just dramatically increased. The science team behind NASA’s Kepler mission has just announced a further 1,284 objects verified as being more than 99% likely to be a planet. This brings the overall total to more than 3,200 known worlds orbiting stars in our galaxy, out of nearly 5000 candidates. And it’s not … Read More

ORBYTS

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  This article was written by Georgia White, who is part of the first cohort of ORBYTS students. Georgia is a Year 12 student at Highams Park School. We first got told about the ORBYTS (Original Research By Young Twinkle Students) project by our physics teacher, Clara Sousa-Silva, at Highams Park School; as you could imagine we were all very … Read More