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Solar And Magnetospheric Theory Group

Dr Tom Elsden

The Solar and Magnetospheric Theory group is based within the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St AndrewsMembers of our research group are involved in many different areas of theoretical solar and magnetospheric research, as well as data analysis. We are a large group of applied mathematicians who study the Sun and the Earth’s magnetosphere using mathematical modelling techniques. Observational data from satellites and from ground based observatories are often used to constrain our models and improve the validity of our results.

History of Mathematics at St Andrews


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University of St Andrews Astronomical Society

Nikko Juengsophonvitavas

The University of St Andrews Astronomical Society (AstroSoc) is a student-run society where we meet regularly every Thursday at the Napier building to share our love for everything space. Our usual events consist of astronomy-related talks from our staff or guest speakers,  pub quizzes, collaboration with other societies, and of course, stargazing when weather permits. We welcome everyone regardless of what they study or whether they’re seasoned stargazers or amateurs! We are fortunate to have access to the 16″ and 10″ telescopes, which we use regularly during our stargazing nights.
Back in 2019, I was fortunate enough to witness a partial solar eclipse with over 60% in Thailand. I purchased a solar filter that year because two partial eclipses were occurring close together; although the other one was minor, I didn’t even take a picture of it. This was also the year I started getting into astrophotography and subsequently made this Gif out of a sequence of photos I’ve taken of the Sun. Apart from sitting in the Sun in a park, the most memorable part of this was being told off by the locals as it is considered bad luck in Thailand to be in the Sun during an eclipse!

About us

This website was created over the course of six weeks during the summer of 2023, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) as part of a Knowledge Exchange Institutional Award. The objective is to communicate to a public audience the outcomes of some STFC-funded research at St Andrews, whilst building on the research carried out at the University in both coronal science and the history of solar eclipse expeditions. The project allowed the undergraduates involved to develop skills in website design, content development, research, teamwork and leadership. It allowed the supervising PhD students to gain experience in supervision and assistance in research.

The undergraduate team that worked on the website were

Alex McNall

Jack Arnott

Niharika Chavan

Shreyas Jekki Venkateshwarulu

Vicky Chu

Yansong Li

Under supervision from PhD students in the Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group

Anmol Kumar

Jonah Klowss

This project would not have been possible without the support and guidance from Dr Deborah Kent and Dr Tom Elsden, who secured the funding, organised the project and selected the team.

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