Scheme: University Research Fellowship
Organisation: University of Lancaster
Dates: Oct 2012-Sep 2017
Summary: You often hear the phrase “the vacuum of outer space” but in fact there are lots of atoms, molecules and charged particles in space and they can be measured by spacecraft and seen by telescopes. These particles are particularly concentrated around planets with magnetic fields and form what are called “magnetospheres”. Jupiter’s magnetosphere is the largest thing in the Solar System and it would be appear to be twice as big as the full moon in the night sky, even though Jupiter is 2000 times further away, if you could see it with the naked eye. Lots of other planets in the Solar System have magnetic fields and magnetospheres, including the Earth. I will focus on the giant planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in my project.