Researcher's Night 2016

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AHPC activities

This Researcher's Night, the AHPC group's Scientists - experts in Astrophysics and Computer Science - will engage the public in a series of interactive sessions based on exciting facts relating to the Universe, astronomy and the modern methods of research we use to conduct our work, including High Performance Computing (parallel programming). The content of the activities will be adjusted according to individual’s background knowledge, with activities suitable for all ages from children to adults. Below one can find more details and information about the activities we will have on offer.

Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Project - HELP

Launched in 2009 by the European Space Agency, from French Guiana
Planned Mission duration: 3 years
Final Mission duration: 3 years, 11months
Launch mass: 3,400 kg
Telescope mass: 315 kg
Telescope's mirror diameter: 3.5 m Cassegrain
Dimension: 7.5 m × 4.0 m
Power: 1 kW
Instrument Bands: 55-671 µm
Decommissioned: 17 June 2013 12:25 UTC
Orbital parameters: L2 point (1,500,000 km)

Credit: ESA

An image by Herschel of thousands of distant galaxies, in a patch of sky called GOODS-North, In the constellation of Ursa Major. The image is half a degree across - about the size of the Full Moon and was made from the three SPIRE bands: 500 µm (red), 350 µm (green) and 250 µm (blue).

Credit: ESA/Herschel

The HELP fields, pictured with white boundary regions, cover over 1000 deg2 of the whole sky, which is illustrated by the Planck thermal dust emission map. The galactic plane, as the closest dust emission source to us, lies along the red/yellow shaded area.

Credit: HELP

The COSMOS field with six galaxies picked out. For each of the six, its appearance in visible light is shown (Hubble Space Telescope), along with a spectrum (10m W.M. Keck telescope), along with the time the light has been travelling for.

Credit:ESA/Herschel/SPIRE/HerMES;NASA/ESA;Caltech/W.M. Keck Observatory.

A 3D slice illustration through the COSMOS field, with the locations of six galaxies marked on, from different epochs in the Universe's history.

Credit: ESA/Herschel/SPIRE/HerMES ; NASA/ESA (Hubble images)

Scale your Cosmos Right!

  • Webpage by Dr. Jen Gupta (ICG; University of Portsmouth)
  • A twist on the classic TV gameshow ‘Play Your Cards Right‘. The game is pretty simple: Six cards are set out face down. The player then turns over one card after the other and each time the player has to sort the astronomical objects based on their actual size!

Name: Moon

Mass: 7.3 ×1022 kg

Radius: 1,737 km

Distance (from Earth): 384,400 km = 1.2 light-second

# of Stars: 0

Name: Earth

Mass: 5.9 ×1024 kg

Radius: 6,371 km

Distance (from Earth): 0 km

# of Stars: 0

Name: Jupiter

Mass: 1.9×1027 kg = 317.8×Earth = 1/1047 × Sun

Radius: 69,911 km

Distance (from Earth):
Closest: 588 ×106 km = 33 light-minutes
Farthest: 968 ×106 km = 54 light-minutes

# of Stars: 0

Name: Sun

Type: Star

Mass: 1.9×1030 kg = 333,000 × Earth

Radius: 695,700 km = 109 × Earth

Distance (from Earth): 1 AU ≈ 1.496×108 km = 8 light-minutes

# of Stars: 1
Name: Helix Nebula

Type: Planetary Nebula

Mass: < 8 x Sun

Radius: 2.7 x 1013 km = 2.87 light-years

Distance (from Earth): 6.7 x 1015 km = 714 light-years

# of Stars: 1 white dwarf star
Name: Orion Nebula

Type: Diffuse Nebula

Mass: ~ 2,000 x Sun

Radius: 1.1 x 1014 km = 12 light-years

Distance (from Earth): 1.3 x 1016 km =1,344 light-years

# of Stars: 2,800
Name: 47 Tucanae (NGC 104)

Type: Globular Cluster

Mass: 7.00×105 x Sun

Radius: 5.7 x 1014 km = 60 light-years

Distance (from Earth): 1.6 x 1017 km =16,700 light-years

# of Stars: > 500,000

Name: Pinwheel Galaxy (Messier 101)

Type: Spiral Galaxy

Mass: 100×109 x Sun (disk) + 3×109 x Sun (central bulge)

Radius: 8 x 1017 km = 85,000 light-years

Distance (from Earth): 1.4 x 1020 km = 20,900,000 light-years

# of Stars: ~1 trillion (1012)
Name: Abell 1689

Type: Galaxy Cluster

Mass: ~1015 x Sun

Radius: 9.4 x 1018 km = 1,000,000 light-years

Distance (from Earth): 2.3 x 1022 km = 2,459,000,000 light-years

# of Stars: >160,000 globular clusters

Chat with an Astronomer

  • Chat with our researchers on various astronomical subjects and recent research updates from our group.

High Performance Computing

  • By using a laptop and a wireless connection to High Performance Computing machines (Supercomputers) our researchers will engage the public through live performance comparisons of serial and parallel algorithms. Using the guidance of our researchers, the public will be able to develop and test simple parallel and serial algorithms in real time, using a Supercomputer.

Scientific Posters

About Us

The AHPC group was established in 2012 and carries out pioneering work in Astrophysics and Parallel and Distributed Computing.

The group has a prestigious network of international collaborators and is directed by Prof. Andreas Efstathiou, Vice Rector for Research and External Affairs.

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Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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