If you have some free time this weekend, why not watch an astronomy broadcast that features astronomers probing the distant ice giant Uranus? Experts will use a ground-based telescope to observe the atmosphere of this lesser-studied planet, located 1.9 billion miles away, and produce the most detailed infrared map ever.
The Royal Astronomical Society is hosting a three-day event livestreaming observations of Uranus using the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Leicester Ph.D. Led observation. student Emma Thomas, is about to investigate the planet’s mysterious infrared auroras.
“In these three days of observations, we will produce the most detailed infrared map of Uranus we have ever completed (a full 360 degrees of longitude), and by doing so we hope to detect and fully map the southern infrared auroras.” do. For the first time, “Thomas said. “My research area is to investigate and fully map infrared auroras in Uranus, which is done by analyzing spectra (by looking at different wavelengths of light received from Uranus) from telescopes such as the IRTF, Keck (also on Hawaii). and the Very Large Telescope in Chile.
“Uranus’ aurorae have been a long-standing mystery since near-infrared emissions were first detected in 1993, but over the past four years we’ve begun to take the first steps toward understanding the strange and wonderful auroras we see in Uranus. Have given. .”
The livestream will include commentary on Uranus from various UK experts and the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA). It runs from Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10, at 4 a.m. ET (1 a.m. PT) each day until 11:55 a.m. ET (8:55 a.m. PT).
You can tune in either by using the video link at the top of this page or by going to the title RAS YouTube channel. And if it’s too early for you, don’t worry — streams will be made available at the end of each session so you can contact them later.