11:58 GMTDecember 11th 2016Cheddar, SomersetI'm home!!I really loved my first semester in Leicester but it's good to be back.Yesterday afternoon I met Josh when he finished work and we went to Bath together. We were lucky to park at the park and ride because it was VERY busy.While we were in Bath we went to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy and also had a look around the lovely Christmas markets they have there each year.At the time it was raining, although not that much but there was complete cloud cover. The weather was doing what the forecast said it would, we just hoped it would continue doing so as that would mean a brilliant clear sky in the evening.We left Bath at about 16:45 to give ourselves a good amount of time to get to Charterhouse. On the way back we popped into Josh's and had a quick cup of tea before heading off again.As we came towards Charterhouse we realised the car in front was Chris so we knew we were in the right place. It's been quite a while since I went last, and this was the first time for Josh.People started arriving all at about the same time, and with plenty of food with them as well! There was no way we would get through it all.As predicted the clouds disappeared at about 20:00 giving us fantastic views of the sky using the 18.25" and telescopes which had been brought along. Everyone got to have a look which was great seeing as the 'scope hadn't been used for many months.I didn't take any pictures while I was in the dome because unless the flash was on you wouldn't see anything in the picture, but I did take some pictures while we were in the main building.
11:55 GMTNovember 27th 2016Oadby, LeicesterUnfortunately the trip to the space centre didn't go ahead because not enough people signed up to make it worthwhile. I think it was probably because they were going to book a coach, and the cost of that made it much more than it would otherwise. I spoke to someone about it and they said that in previous years they have walked there. Must be quite a bit of a walk but I'm sure it's very nice in the spring. I'm sure there will be plenty of other opportunities to go, and we still have lots of other exciting things coming up.We have finished the core physics part of the course for this term so now I'm just making sure I've got all my notes together to revise over Christmas for the January tests. We still need to finish the maths side, and a few other things but we're nearly there. Only two weeks then I'm home!As its coming to the end of this term though, we do have a few things which we have to hand in. There are the Modern Physics questions which we get given at the end of each lecture, which if you do them as you go along don't take too much time.Then there are the Observational Astronomy questions which we have been given. We have as long as we want to do them as long as they are in by the due date but they seem quite a bit harder than the Modern physics ones.Finally, we have the lab report. A few weeks ago we did two 6 hour long experiments (split into 4 sessions of 3 hours). One was Mapping electric fields and the other was investigation how modes of vibration along a wire changed depending on the tension in it. We have only recently been told which one we would be writing up, and I have been given modes of vibration. In that experiment it felt like most of the time was spent on error analysis. Seeing as we were trying to look for nodes if a wire when the amplitude of vibration was tiny, the possible error is rather large so a detailed error analysis is definitely necessary. I'll just think of it as something else to write about. '10 sides of A4' they said the maximum was. That's rather a lot but I suppose it is the maximum.Good news, I will be back for the WMA Christmas party!! Yay!Originally I wasn't going to be but now the date has changed to Saturday 10th December I will be back for it. It will be great to use the telescope after all the hard work that has gone into it.Hopefully I will see lots of you there!
19:34 BSTNovember 19th 2016Oadby, LeicesterSo We've had the super moon which I'm sure for some was very exciting. AstroSoc put on an Observatory evening which I went to. Unfortunately we had complete cloud cover but there was no way we would let that ruin our night! Somebody had brought along a bottle rocket which had glow sticks inside which looked really cool in the dark. There were no fins with it though, meaning it didn't go up very straight. There was also hot chocolate, tea and coffee for everyone. Next time I'll definitely have to make some biscuits.There are some exciting things coming up too. Here are some pictures to show you what:
Lilli in Leicester PowerPoint22:03 GMTNovember 10th 2016Oadby, LeicesterIt been almost a month since I did my last blog post, I cant actually believe how fast its gone! Well, just means I have quite a bit to update you all on doesn't it.For our core physics we have completed the Dynamics module and are now on Electricity and Magnetism. In maths We have completed a few topics. I can't remember which ones I've told you about already but first was Differentiation and Integration, the Vectors and then Elementary functions. We are still doing the Observational Astronomy module which has been incredibly interesting, and have just started the Modern Physics module.I have made a video which goes through what I have learnt so far, mainly just the Dynamics module, and also what I've done with different societies and some upcoming events. One of these events being an Observatory night at the Oadby telescopes to see the supermoon on Monday. Fingers crossed for clear skies although the weather forecast at the moment doesn't look too promising.
10:30 BSTOctober 15th 2016Oadby, LeicesterLast night I was going to try and describe to you what the ceremony was like. Now however, the University of Leicester have uploaded a YouTube video of the whole thing so I thought I would share it with all of you.
22:16 BSTOctober 14th 2016Oadby, LeicesterYou know how in my last blog post I showed you a picture of an e-mail I got about seeing Tim Peake getting an Honorary Degree? Well you'd never guess but I was picked to go!!
20:42 BSTOctober 6th 2016Oadby, LeicesterWorld Space Evening at the National Space Centre was AMAZING!!! I absolutely loved it and am going to have to go again very soon.Earlier that day I had planned to meet with Mikey, also doing Physics with Astrophysics, at the bus stop as I had printed his ticket off for him (and it would be nice to go with someone rather than alone.) I also posted something on the University of Leicester AstroSoc Facebook page to see if anyone else was going.Just as I thought there was only two of us going I got a ding in my pocket, and when I looked it was a Facebook notification; Hannah, who is also doing physics with Astrophysics, was coming with us too! We all met at the bus stop and it wasn't long before we were on our way.We arrived at 5:30pm, just in time for the start. Everyone sat down on the seats that had been put out. Well, I say everyone, but there were so many people that they weren't able to fit everybody in.At the front I saw someone I recognised, it was the head of physics at Leicester! He had done part of the first talk we had on Monday introducing us to the department.The first talk was by a Lecturer at Leicester but when a looked at my timetable I don't think I have got him this year. There was also a talk by a London based designer who told us about how looking at very specific things (such as just looking at the surface temperature of a planet) can be much more useful than looking at all the information at once even though it is showing you less.Hannah, Mikey and I then had a look around before the planetarium show. During the show we were shown lots of pictures and we had to use the buttons on the arms of our seats to answer questions to a quiz. At the end they announced the winners for a competition. This competition was for young people to tell Tim Peake what they thought he should take pictures of and why. The amount of thought that went into them was incredible!Before we went back we ate our dinner. We didn't just eat it anywhere though, we were sat under this:
15:45 BSTOctober 1st 2016Oadby, LeicesterOn Wednesday night PhySoc (the Physics society at the University of Leicester) met outside the physics department and we all walked down to a pub called 'The Last Plantagenet' close to the centre of the city. It was definitely a good way to get to know Leicester a bit more, and of course all the people in PhySoc! Everyone had a great time- I'm really looking forward to doing more together.I've now got the list of option modules I can pick from for first year as well. Doing Astro means that two modules are already picked for you. They are 'Observational Astronomy' and 'The Sun and Stars.' Out of the other modules the two I think I'll pick are 'Terrestrial Planets' and 'Planetary Exploration.' I'm so excited!!Gary Sutlieff, now in his second year at Leicester and also member of WMA, gave me a whistle stop tour of where the different buildings are that I might have lectures in. Lectures can be anywhere but at least I know that the majority of the time I'll be in the physics building. Labs, workshops and seminars are always in there.PLUS later today I've got a ticket to go to the National Space Centre for their 'World Space Evening' to mark the start of World space Week. Hopefully plenty of people have got tickets to go and see 'Last Man on the Moon' at Wells and Mendip Museum this evening. It's free and I'm sure it will be amazing. I've still got my blue wristband from when Chris Starr handed them out at the Norman Lockyer Observatory!
22:33 BSTSeptember 26th 2016Oadby, LeicesterHello from Leicester! Yes, I have arrived and am having a fantastic time.Yesterday morning I did my final bits of packing before my family and I drove up to Leicester. I was so excited but nervous at the same time. We had a wonder around Haymarket shopping centre which is quite big and definitley has everything a student could need.In the evening I went out with flatmates. They are all very nice- the majority of them doing science subjects of some sort. I came back with one of them a bit earlier than the rest as I had a 9 o'clock start this morning, he was starting at 8:30!Physicists met in the Foyer before lining up to collect our books. There were two maths book and one HUGE physics book!
21:01 BSTSeptember 17th 2016Cheddar, SomersetHello again!So the final issue of Moon to Moon is up. What do you think of it? Sounds silly but I will miss doing it. I love reading through the things which get sent in by our amazing members. They get up to such fantastic stuff it makes me think what a brilliant group I am part of.In my last blog post I uploaded a picture of the Moon while it was in its waxing gibbous phase. Yesterday I was also able to get a picture- this time it was a full moon. Mum also came out with me and I held her phone up to the lens so she could take a picture. Think hers is actually better than mine...
20:40 BSTSeptember 10th 2016Cheddar, SomersetJust been outside in our back garden to take a look through my telescope at the Moon, Mars and Saturn which I THOUGHT I would be able to see. The planets were just a little too low so the trees got in the way . Got quite a good picture of the Moon though.
19:34 BSTSeptember 4th 2016Cheddar, SomersetI could be jumping the gun a bit with this first blog entry but thought I should get the ball rolling.
Friday Night's talk by Bob Mizon at Oakhill village hall was absolutely amazing. Loved it! And although it was about the Moon's of our Solar System he was still able to get some info about dark skies into it. I never new there was quite that much light being beamed up to space where fracking is taking place. On the light map of America he showed us it made it look like these fracking sites were cities comparable to New York and Chicago!!
Interestingly, he told us how there is not really a proper definition of what a Moon is. Seeing as I had putting together 'Moon to Moon' until my exams I thought I would know but its not really clear cut.
When he showed us a picture of the Moon he had taken through his smartphone and told people just to have a go I thought to myself I've done that!' It does give some surprisingly good results. I had a chat with him after, showing him the images I had taken of the Moon with my phone as well as buying an Almanac from him for next year. I found the one this year SO useful.
We did go outside to enjoy the night sky but It was cloudy when we got out. We stayed for a while but we couldn't stay too late which was a shame because a couple of days later Chris sent an e-mail round to say it cleared up by 22:30 but everyone had gone. Typical British weather!!
On a final note I would like to remind everyone that it will be the FINAL Moon to Moon this month. As we have had quite a long break leading up to this it should be a bumper edition- that depends on how much you guys send in as I can't make all the content myself. I have uni to get ready for