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Cosmic dust in space and on Earth: interplanetary, interstellar and anthropogenic
The Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House
Start Time: 11 Dec 2015 - 10:30
End Time: 11 Dec 2015 - 15:30

Bag searches will be taking place at the entrance to BH this Friday from 8 am until Sunday at 6 pm to coincide with the Royal Academy opening all weekend.  Fellows can show their membership cards to come to the front of the queue.  Please allow enough time to gain entry to the building.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. 


An RAS Discussion Meeting organised by *Penny Wozniakiewicz (Kent/NHM), Mark Price (Kent), Matt Genge (Imperial), Mark Burchell (Kent),

*Contact: Penny Wozniakiewicz


Extraterrestrial dust particles preserve details of the interplanetary (asteroids, comet, planets and planetary satellites) and interstellar bodies from which they originate, and can ultimately provide insights into the origin and evolution of our Solar System. As we continue to explore and populate our Solar System with spacecraft, this dust, as well as dust generated by human activities, is also becoming an increasing concern, prompting efforts to monitor levels and investigate and mitigate the hazards they pose. This meeting aims to bring together researchers involved in the study of natural and anthropogenic cosmic dust, including those studying data from observatories and space missions, analysing mission returned samples and cosmic dust collected here on Earth, as well as those performing relevant modelling and experiments.



10:00 Registration & Coffee


10.25 Penelope Wozniakiewicz (University of Kent/NHM))

10:30 INVITED SPEAKER: Michael Zolensky (NASA Johnson Space Centre)
Seeing interplanetary dust with new eyes: A dividend from the Stardust Mission

11:00 John Bridges (University of Leicester)
Magnetite in Stardust Terminal Grains: Hydrous Alteration of the Wild2 Parent Body

11:15 Penelope Wozniakiewicz (University of Kent)
New atmospheric micrometeorite collections at the Earth's surface

11:30 Matt Genge (Imperial College London)
The Nature of Antarctic Micrometeorites: A New Collection from Larkman Nunatak

11:45 Matthias van Ginneken (Imperial College London)
The Parent Bodies of Large Micrometeorites: an Oxygen Isotopes Approach

12:00 Ian Franchi (Open University)
Characterisation of Carbonaceous Phases within FgMMs, fingerprinting the hydrated dust signature

12:15 Martin Suttle (Imperial College London)
The Parent Bodies of Large Micrometeorites: an Oxygen Isotopes Approach

12:30 Mark Burchell (University of Kent)
Synthetic Mimics for Cosmic Dust and Micrometeorites

12:45 Anton Kearsley (University of Kent/Natural History Museum)
How to determine the origin of dust impacted on spacecraft in low Earth orbit


13:00 Lunch/Posters
Please note that we are not able to offer sandwiches for purchase at Burlington House, however, there are many good sandwich shops nearby.
RAS staff will be holding a Christmas charity cake sale in aid of homeless charities in the foyer at lunch time!
Poster session will be held in the Library.



14:00 Andrew Morse (Open University)
Ptolemy measurements of the surface dust of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

14:15 Mark Jones (Open University)
Mapping the circumsolar dust ring near the orbit of Venus

14:30 Dave Clements (Imperial College London)
SPICA: Probing Dust from the Epoch of Reionisation to the Solar System

14:45 Jonathan Smoker (Very Large Telescope, European Southern Observatory)
A high resolution mini-survey of near-infrared Diffuse Interstellar Bands and search
for their small and time-variable structure

15:00 Peter Sarre (University of Nottingham)
PAHs in interstellar space

15:15 Melanie Köhler (Queen Mary University of London)
Self-consistent modelling of dust evolution due to accretion and coagulation in the ISM

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