So this week I had two pieces of really great news: my first author paper was accepted by a Journal and I was awarded telescope time at IRTF, Hawaii! I’d been waiting on this news for a while so to receive both in one day was an awesome surprise! I’ll post more about these two achievements at a later data, but right now let me fill on in on recent event and some Juno hype!  It’s all go in my PhD life a the moment!

A couple of weekends ago I gave a talk for the East Midland Star Gazers. I spoke about my experience of observing in February through March this year and the talk was well received with lots of questions.

I attended the RAS organised Astroreach, which was a networking event for astronomers involved in outreach. It was a day fully of informative talks, sharing of resources and ideas and excellent networking opportunities. It was really great to meet so many enthusiastic people and gave me plenty of ideas for all the outreach activities I have over the next coming weeks.

As well as continuing with data analysis and preparing my second paper (which is nearly ready to send to co-authors I swear!), I have been blogging and preparing material for further outreach and Juno related events.

I’ve been contributing to our staff blog with a post about Jupiter’s aurora and another summarising my time spent in Hawaii February to March this year. You can read my posts and the other Juno and Jupiter related posts on the staff blog page, Leicester to Jupiter: The Juno Mission.

This week I’ll mainly be very excited about Juno Orbit Insertion (JOI), which definitely involves baking some sort of overly ambitious Juno themed cake! And Juno is certainly something to be excited about, don’t just take my word for it: watch the Juno mission trailer! It’s been really exciting to see the research of my colleagues being caught by the media, from retweets by astronauts to articles in the guardian.

This image combines an image taken with Hubble Space Telescope in the optical (taken in spring 2014) and observations of its auroras in the ultraviolet, taken in 2016. Credit: NASA, ESA.
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This view compares a lucky imaging view of Jupiter from VISIR (left) at infrared wavelengths with a very sharp amateur image in visible light from about the same time (right). Credit: ESO/L.N. Fletcher/Damian Peach

JOI is taking place on the evening of the 4th of July, just as the Independence Day fireworks explode across the American sky. Meanwhile the European scientists will be sleeping as it’ll be 3am over in our time zone – so we’ll wake to some exciting news!

On Tuesday the 5th of July, my colleague Leigh Fletcher and I will be at the National Space Centre for a special Juno themed event. Leigh’s talk, titled ‘Into the Unknown: Jupiter’ Arrive at Juno’, will be followed by questions from the audience where we’ll try to answer the public’s most pressing Juno and Jupiter questions!

Then, on the Thursday the 7th of July, I’ll be participating in the Festival of Post Graduate Research, where I’ll be presenting a poster of some recent work I’ve completed using Very Large Telescope data.

And to top it all off I’ll be participating in the Milton Keynes Soapbox Science event in Milton Keynes on the 9th of July, an event which aims to bring the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists to unexpected places, and to increase the visibility of women in science. I’m super excited to take part in the event but I’m also going to be pretty nervous standing on that soapbox. Once I get going though, I’m sure it’ll be a really great experience taking questions from the general public and meeting all the other amazing women who are working in STEM! Read more about my training: SoapBox training!

Doing all this outreach has been really great for clarifying the goals of my research and setting them straight in my head. After the whirlwind of learning and getting to grips with the data I feel like its all coming together now and I’m really excited to get cracking with the Juno part of my PhD!