Amazing Opportunities

In 2016, Dr David Sobral provided some of our 2nd-year students an extracurricular opportunity to observe at the Gran Telescopio Canarias and the Isaac Newton Telescope on La Palma.

Robbie Kaiser

“The whole experience was incredible. The aspect that we were able to contribute to science was brilliant and gave me an idea of what I want to do in the future. Even just visiting the observatory was amazing, standing between the MAGIC 1 and 2 telescopes, their sheer size was so much larger than I expected. Although the hours were unsociable and it was freezing cold, I would do it again!”

Joe Cairns

“We worked alongside researchers making real observations that could potentially change our understanding of the universe. When we could no longer observe our target we turned the telescope to things like Saturn or the Orion Nebula, obtaining some amazing images.”

Shaun Dempsey

“This really helped me gain an insight into everything what happens, from opening to closing the dome and operating the telescope from the computers. Seeing procedures which I had learnt about really tied in the teaching and made me want to go into Observational Astrophysics even more.”

David Sobral

Dr David Sobral

Dr David Sobral is a lecturer in Observational Astrophysics who observed CR7, a discovery so significant that it is listed among ESO’s all-time top 10 astronomical discoveries.

With CR7, we understood that we had found the most luminous distant galaxy. It doesn’t really get any more exciting than this! This is the frontier of research, and Lancaster University is the perfect place to really push it forward.

Dr David Sobral