Dr Henrik Melin is an astronomer and a James Webb Research Fellow at the University of Leicester, UK. He grew up in Sweden and became fascinated by the beauty and strangeness of the universe, going on to do an undergraduate and PhD degree at University College London, UK. His scientific passion is the giant planets within our own solar system, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. He studies how these planets interact with their surrounding space environment, generating magnificent displays of northern and southern lights, also known as aurora. He has also previously worked in Los Angles, where he contributed to the very successful Cassini mission to Saturn, framing the aurora of the ringed in a completely new light. Having worked extensively with telescopes both in space and on the surface of the Earth, he recently started working with the brand new James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and the most advanced space telescope ever constructed and launched into space. This telescope offers unrivalled detail and clarity of the universe, from planets in our celestial backyard to the earliest galaxies and stars formed in our universe. Dr Melin is looking forward to sharing the marvels of the universe and his experiences working as a professional astronomer.
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