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Rosemary Theresa Coogan (born 1991) is an astrophysicist from Northern Ireland. Her research considers galaxy evolution and space-based telescopes. She was elected to the 2022 European Space Agency Astronaut Group.

Early life and education

Coogan attended Brighton & Hove High School, now Brighton Girls. She was involved with military training from a young age.[1] She was trained as a petty officer with the Sea Cadets. In 2009 she joined HMS Calliope and HMS Example, where she was made an Officer cadet.[1] She was promoted to Midshipman of the Royal Naval Reserve.

Coogan studied physics and mathematics at Durham University. She remained in Durham for her master's research, where she studied gamma-ray astronomy with Paula Chadwick.[2][3] Her research involved observations using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope to study the 0.1 γ quasars. Coogan also worked on data science during a work placement at Senseye.[4] She worked as a simulation support engineer to develop machine learning models to detect anomalies from robotic sensors.

Coogan moved to the University of Sussex as a doctoral researcher, studying galaxy evolution and the activity of active galactic nuclei.[5] She found that dense cluster environment increases the star formation efficiency, which she attributed to the high number of mergers, interactions and the active galactic nuclei.[5] Toward the end of her doctorate, she attempted to inform future observations by constructing mock images of survey fields for the Square Kilometre Array.[5]

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Petty officer

Petty officer

A petty officer (PO) is a non-commissioned officer in many navies and is given the NATO rank denotation OR-5 or OR-6. In many nations, they are typically equal to a sergeant in comparison to other military branches. Often they may be superior to a seaman, and subordinate to more senior non-commissioned officers, such as a chief petty officers.

HMS Calliope (shore establishment)

HMS Calliope (shore establishment)

HMS Calliope is a training centre and 'stone frigate' of the Royal Naval Reserve, located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

HMS Example (P165)

HMS Example (P165)

HMS Example is an Archer-class patrol and training vessel of the Royal Navy, based at HMS Calliope in Gateshead, England. Example was originally built for the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service, and was transferred to the Royal Navy when the RNXS disbanded in 1994. On transfer, she retained her name, and became the first ship in the Royal Navy to bear that name.

Officer cadet

Officer cadet

Officer Cadet is a rank held by military cadets during their training to become commissioned officers. In the United Kingdom, the rank is also used by members of University Royal Naval Units, University Officer Training Corps and University Air Squadron; however, these are not trainee officers with many not choosing a career in the armed forces.

Midshipman

Midshipman

A midshipman is an officer of the lowest rank, in the Royal Navy, United States Navy, and many Commonwealth navies. Commonwealth countries which use the rank include Canada, Australia, Bangladesh, Namibia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Kenya.

Royal Naval Reserve

Royal Naval Reserve

The Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) is one of the two volunteer reserve forces of the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom. Together with the Royal Marines Reserve, they form the Maritime Reserve. The present RNR was formed by merging the original Royal Naval Reserve, created in 1859, and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), created in 1903. The Royal Naval Reserve has seen action in World War I, World War II, the Iraq War, and War in Afghanistan.

Durham University

Durham University

Durham University is a collegiate public research university in Durham, England, founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and incorporated by royal charter in 1837. It was the first recognised university to open in England for more than 600 years, after Oxford and Cambridge, and is thus one of the institutions to be described as the third-oldest university in England. As a collegiate university its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and its 17 colleges. In general, the departments perform research and provide teaching to students, while the colleges are responsible for their domestic arrangements and welfare.

Gamma-ray astronomy

Gamma-ray astronomy

Gamma-ray astronomy is the astronomical observation of gamma rays, the most energetic form of electromagnetic radiation, with photon energies above 100 keV. Radiation below 100 keV is classified as X-rays and is the subject of X-ray astronomy.

Paula Chadwick

Paula Chadwick

Mary Paula Chadwick is a British physicist who is professor and head of the Department of Physics at Durham University. Her research investigates gamma-ray astronomy and astroparticle physics. She is involved with the Cherenkov Telescope Array.

Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly called the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), is a space observatory being used to perform gamma-ray astronomy observations from low Earth orbit. Its main instrument is the Large Area Telescope (LAT), with which astronomers mostly intend to perform an all-sky survey studying astrophysical and cosmological phenomena such as active galactic nuclei, pulsars, other high-energy sources and dark matter. Another instrument aboard Fermi, the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, is being used to study gamma-ray bursts and solar flares.

Data science

Data science

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract or extrapolate knowledge and insights from noisy, structured and unstructured data, and apply knowledge from data across a broad range of application domains. Data science is related to data mining, machine learning, big data, computational statistics and analytics.

Active galactic nucleus

Active galactic nucleus

An active galactic nucleus (AGN) is a compact region at the center of a galaxy that has a much-higher-than-normal luminosity over at least some portion of the electromagnetic spectrum with characteristics indicating that the luminosity is not produced by stars. Such excess non-stellar emission has been observed in the radio, microwave, infrared, optical, ultra-violet, X-ray and gamma ray wavebands. A galaxy hosting an AGN is called an "active galaxy". The non-stellar radiation from an AGN is theorized to result from the accretion of matter by a supermassive black hole at the center of its host galaxy.

Career

Coogan moved to the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics.[1][6] In Germany, Coogan studied galaxy evolution with space-based telescopes. In 2022, Coogan was appointed to the CNES, where she works on Euclid and James Webb Space Telescope.[1]

In 2022, Coogan was selected by the European Astronaut Corps to join the European Space Agency Astronaut Group.[1][7] She said that she applied to the space program because she wanted to get "hands-on" with contributing the most that we can from space.[1]

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Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics is a Max Planck Institute, located in Garching, near Munich, Germany. In 1991 the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics split up into the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, the Max Planck Institute for Physics and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics was founded as sub-institute in 1963. The scientific activities of the institute are mostly devoted to astrophysics with telescopes orbiting in space. A large amount of the resources are spent for studying black holes in the galaxy and in the remote universe.

CNES

CNES

The National Centre for Space Studies is the French government space agency. Its headquarters are located in central Paris and it is under the supervision of the French Ministries of Defence and Research.

Euclid (spacecraft)

Euclid (spacecraft)

Euclid is a visible to near-infrared space telescope currently under development by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Euclid Consortium. The objective of the Euclid mission is to better understand dark energy and dark matter by accurately measuring the acceleration of the universe. To achieve this, the Korsch-type telescope will measure the shapes of galaxies at varying distances from Earth and investigate the relationship between distance and redshift. Dark energy is generally accepted as contributing to the increased acceleration of the expanding universe, so understanding this relationship will help to refine how physicists and astrophysicists understand it. Euclid's mission advances and complements ESA's Planck telescope. The mission is named after the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid of Alexandria.

James Webb Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a space telescope which conducts infrared astronomy. As the largest optical telescope in space, its high resolution and sensitivity allow it to view objects too old, distant, or faint for the Hubble Space Telescope. This will enable investigations across many fields of astronomy and cosmology, such as observation of the first stars, the formation of the first galaxies, and detailed atmospheric characterization of potentially habitable exoplanets.

European Astronaut Corps

European Astronaut Corps

The European Astronaut Corps is a unit of the European Space Agency (ESA) that selects, trains, and provides astronauts as crew members on U.S. and Russian space missions. The corps has 13 active members, able to serve on the International Space Station (ISS). The European Astronaut Corps is based at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. They can be assigned to various projects both in Europe or elsewhere in the world, at NASA Johnson Space Center or Star City.

2022 European Space Agency Astronaut Group

2022 European Space Agency Astronaut Group

The 2022 European Space Agency Astronaut Group is the latest class of the European Astronaut Corps. The selection recruited five "career" astronauts, 11 "reserve" and one "parastronaut". It is the fourth European Space Agency (ESA) recruitment campaign and the first since 2008 and over 22 thousand applications were received.

Selected publications

  • R T Coogan; E Daddi; M T Sargent; et al. (2 June 2018). "Merger driven star-formation activity in Cl J1449+0856 at z=1.99 as seen by ALMA and JVLA". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. arXiv:1805.09789. Bibcode:2018MNRAS.479..703C. doi:10.1093/MNRAS/STY1446. ISSN 0035-8711. Wikidata Q58911747.
  • A Zanella; E Daddi; G Magdis; et al. (3 September 2018). "The [C ii] emission as a molecular gas mass tracer in galaxies at low and high redshifts". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 481 (2): 1976–1999. arXiv:1808.10331. Bibcode:2018MNRAS.481.1976Z. doi:10.1093/MNRAS/STY2394. ISSN 0035-8711. Wikidata Q58911729.
  • J. M. Simpson; Ian Smail; A. M. Swinbank; et al. (23 July 2019). "The East Asian Observatory SCUBA-2 Survey of the COSMOS Field: Unveiling 1147 Bright Sub-millimeter Sources across 2.6 Square Degrees". The Astrophysical Journal. 880 (1): 43. arXiv:1912.02229. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/AB23FF. ISSN 0004-637X. Wikidata Q108805316.

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References
  1. ^ a b c d e f "Rosemary Coogan". www.esa.int. Retrieved 2022-11-23.
  2. ^ COOGAN, ROSEMARY (2015). Localising the gamma-ray emission region of flaring Flat Spectrum Radio Quasars (Masters thesis). Durham University.
  3. ^ University, Durham; University, Durham. "Prof Paula Chadwick - Durham University". www.durham.ac.uk. Retrieved 2022-11-23.
  4. ^ "SEPnet Value of Work Experience" (PDF).
  5. ^ a b c "The impact of environment on galaxy evolution : starburst and AGN activity | WorldCat.org". www.worldcat.org. Retrieved 2022-11-23.
  6. ^ "International Astronomical Union | IAU". www.iau.org. Retrieved 2022-11-23.
  7. ^ "NI astronomer Rosemary Coogan to join European Space Agency as a career astronaut". belfasttelegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2022-11-23.

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