Astronomer’s Telegram #4462: Discovery of two probable novae in M81
Astronomer's Telegram, #5489: Discovery of Five Probable Novae in M81
IAUC 9261, Nov. 2013: Imaging of comet ISON, using 2.0m Liverpool telescope.
MPC 85173: Asteroids recovery
A&G (2014) 55 (1): 1.32-1.35 doi:10.1093/astrogeo/atu038 (A copy can be found here: A&G publication 2014)
Engaged 60 primary school students at the Westminster Under school in a 'Rocket building' workshop and presented an overview of the solar system.
Presented the composition of comets and performed a dry ice recreation of comets multiple times throughout the day at the Intech Solar science summer fair
Interacted with members of the public at the MSSL Open Day and demonstrating how to make comets out of household items and dry ice.
Volunteer at the Royal Society's Catch a comet summer exhibit, engaging with the public and discussing the technological feats and scientific output of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission
Volunteer for the first MSSL work experience workshop for 16-18 year olds on the STEM career path. The students were tasked with a week-long project of designing a potential space mission with clear scientific objectives.
Presented my research and the solar system at multiple outreach events for the Cranleigh scouts club
Involved in new Careers academy mentoring scheme with Grenshaw school
Conferences & workshops attended
Europlanet Science communication in the media, Paris, 2010
European Planetary Science Congress, Rome, Italy, 2010
RAS Specialist Discussion meeting "Structure and physical processes in solar system magnetotails: planets, moons and comets", London, UK, 2010
6th Alfven conference, London 2014 and member of Local Organising Committee
Research Topic: The structure of the inner heliosphere as revealed by comets
During my Ph.D., I developed an innovative technique to analyse the interaction between the solar wind and comets and their tails. My core aim was to characterise the speed and nature of the solar wind in an extremely cost-effective way, by identifying features in images of a comet’s ion tail and understanding these features’ associations with the solar wind. To date, our measurements of the solar wind in the inner heliosphere have been limited to spacecraft orbits. I have developed the software to derive several estimates of the local solar wind radial velocity from each image of a comet, whether sourced from amateur astrophotographers or professionally funded spacecraft. This project will serve to test the reliability of comets as a diagnostic tool to monitor changes in the heliosphere during the solar activity cycle, and the occurrence of interplanetary transient disturbances such as coronal mass ejecta.
Research Topic: Discovering Asteroids
Using a combination of astronomical software, such as THELI and Astrometrica, I have analysed Wide-Field camera (WFC) images taken during my studentship at the INT for new undiscovered asteroids. THELI is used within the data reduction pipeline and Astrometica to stack and blink the reduced images.
Detection of exoplanetary transits
In my final year at UCL, I undertook a Masters research project on "The detection of extrasolar planets using the transit method". My duties included preparing a target list of opportunity from the Super-WASP North list of potential candidates. The weather and light pollution being somewhat less than nominal in London, observing nights were few and often far in between. However, I still managed to obtain 12 nights worth of transit data from multiple targets. All in all, fairly frequent use of a Celestron 14-inch telescope, learning about professional astrophotography, CCDs and data reduction made up for the regular bad weather and kept me entertained through those long nights when the weather wouldn't yield.
ULO 3rd mini research projects
During my third year at UCL, we attended the University of London Observatory (ULO) on a regular basis. Aside from being fun and obtaining the chance to observe, most of our time was spent on mini research projects, such as "Determining the mass of 51 Pegasi b, the first extrasolar planet discovered around a main sequence star". We used the variations in radial velocity of 51 Pegasi, measured with the ELODIE echelle spectrograph (Observatoire de Haute-Provence), to infer the mass of the exoplanet.
"Calculating the orbital parameters of a comet" was another project I completed whilst at the observatory. This involved using Carl Friedrich Gauss's technique to recover a comet by using only 3 different observations of the comet spanning a short period of days. Gauss developed this technique to recover the asteroid Ceres.
Born and raised in Mauritius, I emigrated to the UK in 2000 with the family and experienced a whole new world, as cliche as it sounds. The initial culture shock soon faded when met with the seemingly endless opportunities and activites available in London. I attended UCL for an undergraduate Masters (MSci) course in Astronomy and Physics. This eventually lead to my current status as a Ph.D. student as well as a stint as a student support astronomer at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes in the sub-tropical island paradise of La Palma.
June 2009 - December 2009
Experian QAS, Clapham Common, UK
Junior Product management role
Responsible for the entire lifecycle of several software packages
Global go-to product expert (Product champion) for multiple products
Attended training courses such as: Negotiation training, teamwork training, management training, Prince 2 project management training
August 2008 - June 2009
Product Support Analyst
Technical approvals of complex quotes and orders. Tasked with ensuring technical compatibility of software and data with the customers’ (SMB and B2B) operating systems prior to purchase
Tech Support Liaison - Streamlining business processes between Tech Support team and my team
Internal (international) Helpdesk - Fielding queries about every software and data Experian QAS offers
In charge of the company’s online Data storage system in terms of improving the functionality of the database and keeping it up to date with accurate legal, financial and technical information
I have also worked as a part-time bartender in a nightclub and a bar during my undergraduate degree. >
Dancing is my favourite past-time. I first discovered the joys of dancing at 17. Since then, I have gone on to perform in 5 dance shows with the Hindu society (Rangeela 2004 and 2005) and the UCL dance society (Pulse 2006, Inferno 2007 and Dynamix 2010) at the Bloomsbury Theatre. My other interests include
travelling to exotic locations to hike, learning about new cultures from the locals, studying new languages, namely by immersing oneself in a country and reading and watching science-fiction. Since attending MSSL, I have participated
in the annual croquet tournaments as part of the Planetary A-Team. This year, I am captaining my own team, the "Lethal Pandas". If we reach the tournament final, my team and I will be playing in full Panda outfits.
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