Laura Fernandes

Laura Fernandes
Liverpool John Moores University | LJMU · Astrophysics Research Institute

Master of Science
Aiming to be accepted into a PhD programme


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Citations since 2017
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Laura is interested in Cosmology, Astrophysics and Astrobiology.
September 2018 - November 2020
Liverpool John Moores University
Field of study
  • Astrophysics
October 2012 - July 2018
Birkbeck, University of London
Field of study
  • Planetary Science with Astronomy


Publications (2)
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The basis of my project was to see what we can learn about the formation of the Milky Way halo by studying its low mass satellites.
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Everyday new exoplanets are being discovered; some of which are in the habitable zone around their star and each with a lifespan long enough for the potential of life to develop. The information presented in this paper is on notable main sequence stars and how they evolve through time. I show the evolution of habitable zones, how they grow and s...


Question (1)
Hi everyone,
I am studying MSc Astrophysics and my supervisor informed me last year that I would need to know Python to create plots in order to analyse data.
So I had started watching Python videos but when it came to using it for Astrophysics it turned out I still had not learnt anything. Being new to Python I had been 'learning' it in the ways of building a website and not for Astrophysics.
It's not applicable to what I am working on.
Long story short, I have been given some code to work with for analyzing chemical abundances in dwarf galaxies in the MW Galaxy. I feel I am learning by trial and error and ideally I would like to replicate scatter plots that I have seen in research papers but using my own data.
Is it possible to 1.) Know what programming software/language a scientist has used in their paper and 2.) Is it possible to get the code (the structure/layout) more than anything else?
I'm teaching myself Python and whilst everyone says it's easy compared to other programming languages, this is my first and therefore no comparison: just a lot of libraries that do many different things. I am finding it rather frustrating and need a "all you need to know" book on Python for Astropysics.
Equally if anyone knows any helpful resources I would be very grateful. Thank you!


Project (1)
This project aims at understanding how the Milky Way Galaxy was formed. Joining the efforts of the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) to determine the chemical compositions of an unprecedented sample of over 400,000 stars, in order to establish the history of star formation of the Galaxy. Specifically, exploring proprietary APOGEE-2 data of dwarf galaxies in the Galactic halo.