Cosmology with SCUBA-2

The UK National Astronomy Meeting (this year being held in conjunction with the German Astronomical Society) is underway this week in Manchester, UK.  The conference included a specialist session on SCUBA-2 results and it was especially pleasing to see SCUBA-2 data being presented in other sessions also,including one tied to a press release issued by the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey and the Royal Astronomical Society.

You can read the press release, as well as a report by the BBC – don’t forget to listen to the interview on that BBC page with Prof. James Dunlop from the University of Edinburgh, one of the leaders of the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey.

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First observers

The first observers from the community are finally at the telescope and observing with SCUBA-2 for the JCMT Legacy Surveys. Here in the JCMT control room you we have (left to right and front) Mark Swinbank (Durham), Isaac Roseboom (Edinburgh) and David Eden (Liverpool John Moores). At the back you can see Jeff Cox, the JCMT telescope systems specialist for the night, making sure that the telescope and instrument are operating smoothly.