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Exoplanet Observations at Bayfordbury

15 November 2016

Several exoplanets have been successfully observed using the robotic facilities at Bayfordbury.

Bayfordbury Observatory and PAM in Hertfordshire Life

01 November 2016

An article about the recent discovery of Proxima Centauri b is published in Hertfordshire Life.

All Systems Go for Launch! at Bayfordbury

15 December 2015

Over 150 year five school children gathered at the Bayfordbury Observatory to watch the launch of Tim Peake, the first British-funded astronaut to visit the International Space Station. During the all-day event, the children were able to talk to NASA's Space Station Flight Controller, Fiona Turett, live via a video link, tour the heavens in the Observatory's HD planetarium, build a rocket, see a comet made of dry ice and soya sauce, tour the extensive observatory and take part in many other space related events.

Fire and ice in the far north

2 November 2015

Dr Mark Gallaway of the School of Physic Astronomy and Mathematics and Wayne Jarvis National STEM Centre, have just returned from another hugely successful teacher CPD expedition to Iceland.

Creswick Primary School students see rare astronomical event

20 March 2015

A Year 6 class from Creswick Primary School joined astronomers Dr Mark Gallaway and David Campbell at the Bayfordbury Observatory, to observe a rare partial eclipse of the Sun.

Shooting the Vaulted Skies

12 November 2014

Local band The Vaulted Skies, have used Bayfordbury Observatory as the location for a photo shoot to support their latest release, 'The Strange EP'. John Melia, Senior Business Analyst by day and the band's bass rocker by night, explains that "the facility and its telescope domes and dishes was the ideal location to capture the nature of the band's music". For more information on the band and to see the photos by Pete Bilk, please visit The Vaulted Skies website.

UK and US partnership to tackle air pollution

11 November 2014

Air pollution was the subject for discussion when delegates from the US Environment Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Environment Agency attended a week-long conference hosted by the University of Hertfordshire.

The Sky at Night presented from Bayfordbury

15 July 2014

Bayfordbury is turned into a TV studio for two days as the BBC films The Sky at Night from the Observatory.

Pollution monitored at Bayfordbury

10 April 2014

Bayfordbury Observatory's atmospheric instruments monitor Saharan dust and pollution from Europe.

Upgrade for largest telescope

09 October 2013

The oldest and largest telescope at Bayfordbury is refurbished and fitted with new motors.

First light for new telescope

9 October 2013

A new 16-inch telescope installed at Bayfordbury

Important Tau Ceti discovery

26 July 2013

University of Hertfordshire researchers discover sun-like star may host planets that support life

10,000th image taken by Observatory's robotic telescopes

11 April 2013

A record-breaking week for the Observatory

"Near-miss" asteroid is tracked by Hertfordshire Astronomers

14 February 2013

Finder chart helps public spot huge rock through binoculars