The Sky at Night visits campus

The popular and long-running BBC series ‘The Sky at Night’ recently came to campus to find out more about the University of Leicester's latest findings on the NASA Juno mission.

The University of Leicester team, from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the only formal UK lead on the Juno mission- NASA's programme to study our solar system's largest planet, Jupiter. Planetary scientists and astronomers have been studying the gas giant's magnetosphere, dynamic atmosphere, and polar auroras.

Reader in Physics and Astronomy at the University, Dr Jonathan Nichols, shared his extensive knowledge on the part that the University has played through Juno’s journey to Jupiter.

  • You can find out more about the University’s involvement here and more information on the mission itself can be found on the NASA JOI Online Press Kit.
  • The latest episode of ‘The Sky at Night’  will feature the University of Leicester and Dr Jonathan Nichols and will be aired BBC 4, on Thursday 14 June at 7.30pm.
  • You can also watch the episode on BBC iPlayer here.