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OU Fusion. The Open University Physics and Astronomy Society

Welcome to Fusion

FUSION is the Open University Physics & Astronomy society. We were formed in 2001 by students who recognised the need to create a society for OU students and graduates whose primary interest is in physics & astronomy. We have over 150 members many of whom are studying at various levels of the physical sciences study program. We organise regular events of interest to members, have a regular newsletter, a Facebook group. We welcome current and past students or anyone with a general interest in physics and astronomy.

You can keep up with all the latest on the website and Fusion at our Facebook page; We'd love to hear what you think about the website too!

Institute of Physics open lecture hosted by OU School of Physical Sciences

“The Moon’s water: past, current, and future perspectives”
Dr. Jessica Barnes, University of Arizona

Tuesday 8th December 2020 at 7:30 pm

Lunar samples are a touchstone to understanding how our nearest neighbour formed and evolved. Advancements in laboratory instrumentation and techniques are providing new and more precise data on lunar materials that are challenging the Apollo-era paradigm of a ‘bone-dry Moon’. In preparation for future lunar missions anticipated in the 2020s and beyond NASA’s Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) program aims to use innovative analytical techniques to investigate special, never-before-studied Apollo samples. I will discuss the discovery of lunar water and its implications, and how the ANGSA program can help address unanswered questions about the Moon.

If you have any questions before or during the lecture, please email them to they will be read out to the speaker after the lecture if time allows.

For more information please email:

The Livestream will be available around 5 minutes before the lecture begins


  • Articles for the FUSION Newsletter
    Invitations are invited from ANY Fusion Facebook member (or associates or friends of members) who would like to contribute an original (previously unpublished) article, quiz, puzzle etc to the next Fusion Newsletter. Any theme remotely related to the interests of this Group or Society would be welcome.
    Please consult the editor, Nigel Patterson, if you are unsure about a topic, and make your final submission to Nigel at:
    All authors of published contributions will receive a free FUSION sweatshirt!
    (Fusion Society Secretary)
  • Upgraded Large Hadron Collider is now delivering data to the physics experiments
  • New results on geo-neutrinos

Events 2020/21

Also, See our Facebook events page for all the latest events news

If you are interested in any Fusion events, or wish to arrange an event, please contact Dwyn on asap for further details and to book a place .