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Top high-energy astrophysics prize awarded for black hole measurements
The 2009 Rossi Prize has been awarded to three scientists for their work on the measurements of masses of black holes in the Milky Way. The recipients, in alphabetical order, are Charles D. Bailyn from Yale University, Jeffrey E. McClintock from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Ronald A. Remillard from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (2009-01-29)

Astronomers agree: Universe is nearly 14 billion years old
From an observatory high above Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers have taken a new look at the oldest light in the universe. Their observations, plus a bit of cosmic geometry, suggest that the universe is 13.77 billion years old - give or take 40 million years. (2021-01-04)

Former American Astronomical Society president, Frank Shu, awarded Dannie Heinemann Prize
Frank Shu has been awarded the 2000 Dannie Heinemann Prize for Astrophysics. The award was presented this morning at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers taking place in San Diego. (2001-01-07)

Astronomers discover 2,000-year-old remnant of a nova
For the first time, a European research team involving the University of Göttingen has discovered the remains of a nova in a galactic globular cluster. A nova is an explosion of hydrogen on the surface of a star which makes it much brighter. The remains have formed a glowing nebula. The remnant is located near the centre of the globular cluster Messier 22 and has recently been observed using modern instruments. The results will be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. (2019-04-29)

NASA's TESS spacecraft starts science operations
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has started its search for planets around nearby stars, officially beginning science operations on July 25, 2018. (2018-07-27)

Volker Springel awarded 2009 Klung Wilhelmy Weberbank Prize for Physics
The astrophysicist Volker Springel has been honored with this year's Klung Wilhelmy Weberbank Prize for Physics for his important research in astrophysics. The prize, worth 100,000 euros, is awarded every two years to a physicist whose research shows particularly great promise of making outstanding contributions to science in the future. Volker Springel wrote a leading article in the December issue of the Springer journal Informatik-Spektrum on the subject of supercomputers in cosmology. (2009-12-14)

Press Advisory: Inner Space/Outer Space II Symposium
The Inner Space/Outer Space II Symposium will be held at Fermilab, May 26-29, 1999. (1999-05-13)

Deep-space flashes light up a new face of nature
CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope has detected brief flashes of radio emission from the distant Universe. Their origin is unknown. (2013-07-07)

Elsevier announces the launch of a new journal: Molecular Astrophysics
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of the Molecular Astrophysics, a new journal focusing on the formation of molecules in space. (2015-03-16)

2 nations' leading universities to collaborate in the stars
Tel Aviv University and Harvard University have launched the new Raymond and Beverly Sackler Harvard-Tel Aviv Astronomy Initiative. Funded by renowned philanthropist Dr. Raymond Sackler, the program will support research across all areas of astrophysics. (2011-12-05)

40-year-old Mariner 5 solar wind problem finds answer -- turbulence doesn't go with the flow
Research led by astrophysicists at the University of Warwick has resolved a 40 year old problem with observations of turbulence in the solar wind first made by the probe Mariner 5. The research resolves an issue with what is by far the largest and most interesting natural turbulence lab accessible to researchers today. (2011-08-26)

Top high-energy prize awarded to LSU physicist and LIGO scientist Gabriela González
The 2017 Rossi Prize has been awarded to Gabriela González and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration for the first direct detections of gravitational waves, for the discovery of merging black hole binaries and for beginning the new era of gravitational-wave astronomy. (2017-01-25)

Once again, Kepler is reshaping our understanding of planets
Three prominent researchers discuss how recent findings from the Kepler mission are deepening our knowledge of planets beyond our solar system, as well as redefining the boundaries where life could exist. (2011-09-19)

Are we closing in on dark matter?
This fall, a colloquium brought together more than 100 cosmologists, particle physicists and observational astrophysicists -- three fields now united in the hunt to determine what is dark matter. Their goal: to take stock of the latest theories and findings about dark matter. So where do things stand? (2012-12-18)

Astrophysicists discover a quasar that acts as a cosmic lens
The EPFL's Laboratory of Astrophysics has for the first time observed a quasar that is located between the Earth and a more distant galaxy and acts as a gravitational lens, a phenomenon that illustrates Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity and will make entirely new kinds of observations possible. (2010-07-20)

Gamma-Ray Bursts: Spindown Of Cosmic Flywheels
A conclusive explanation for the origin of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRB) as electromagnetic braking of a rapidly rotating neutron star has been developed at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching/Germany (Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol. 341, Issue 1, L1 - L4). (1998-12-03)

The past, present & future of gravitational-wave astronomy, with Kip Thorne & Rainer Weiss
In an interview published online this week, the winners of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics discuss their 40-year effort to detect gravitational waves, the elusive ripples in the fabric of space-time that Albert Einstein so boldly predicted. (2016-08-23)

Proving what can't be seen
New research published in The Astrophysical Journal examines an interesting light source that was captured by four different telescopes each pointing in a different direction in the sky. (2018-04-16)

Black hole kills star and blasts 3.8 billion light year beam at Earth
Research led by astronomers at the University of Warwick has confirmed that the flash from one of the biggest and brightest bangs yet recorded by astronomers comes from a massive black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. The black hole appears to have ripped apart a star that wandered too close, creating a powerful beam of energy that crossed the 3.8 billion light years to Earth. (2011-06-16)

National Science Board to meet (May 3-4)
Journalists are invited to attend the next open session of the National Science Board (NSB) on Thursday, May 4, at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. There will be two open sessions on May 4. (2000-04-30)

NASA's new planet hunter snaps initial test image, swings by Moon toward final orbit
After launching April 18, TESS has completed its lunar flyby to put it on track for its final science orbit, and has released a first test image. (2018-05-18)

Astrophysicists listen to loops shivering on the sun
You would imagine that a 500,000 kilometre long arch of super heated plasma on the sun would be as easy to (2004-02-17)

Professor conducts cosmic ray acceleration research
Ming Zhang, Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology professor of physics and space sciences, has received a three-year, $434,000 NASA grant to study the outer heliosphere. The heliosphere is a (2009-01-27)

Dark matter exists: The observations which question its presence in galaxies disproved
As fascinating as it is mysterious, dark matter is one of the greatest enigmas of astrophysics and cosmology. It is thought to account for 90% of the matter in the universe, but its existence has been demonstrated only indirectly and recently called into question. New research conducted by SISSA removes the recent doubts on the presence of dark matter within the galaxies, disproving the empirical relations in support of alternative theories. The study was published in The Astrophysical Journal. (2019-04-29)

Hubble studies gamma-ray burst with highest energy ever seen
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers a peek at the location of the most energetic outburst ever seen in the universe -- a blast of gamma-rays a trillion times more powerful than visible light. That's because in a few seconds the gamma-ray burst (GRB) emitted more energy than the Sun will provide over its entire 10-billion year life. (2019-11-20)

Geology and biology agree on Pangaea supercontinent breakup dates
Scientists at The Australian National University have found that independent estimates from geology and biology agree on the timing of the breakup of the Pangaea supercontinent into today's continents. (2017-06-07)

NASA funds Florida Tech associate professor for extragalactic research
Perlman will conduct observational and theoretical work on jets, which are energetic outflows from the centers of some bright galaxies. They emerge typically from the regions immediately surrounding the central black hole, with a velocity nearly equal to the speed of light. His project title is, (2007-06-11)

Watching for a black hole to gobble up a gas cloud
G2, a doomed gas cloud, is edging closer to Sgr A*, the hungry supermassive black hole at the Milky Way's center. The closest approach between the two is predicted to occur any day now. Northwestern University astrophysicist Daryl Haggard has been watching closely, and her data do not show enhanced emission in the X-rays. 'The gas cloud is late to the party, but it remains to be seen whether G2 is fashionably late or a no show,' Haggard says. (2014-04-03)

Astrophysicists find cause for galactic superbubble
A gigantic empty void in our own galaxy was caused by a cluster of massive young stars at its centre, says a University of Toronto astrophysics professor. (1999-07-27)

Scientists bring low frequency, 'first light' to the Jansky Very Large Array
Through the combined expertise of NRL and National Radio Astronomy Observatory scientists and engineers, a new, modern, wide-band receiver system has been developed and is being deployed onboard the JVLA. (2012-07-20)

A Portland artist will inaugurate the newly established Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics' Artist in Residence program
Mariana Tres, an artist whose work has been inspired by an array of astronomical imagery has been invited to be the Center for Astrophysics' (CfA) first Artist in Residence. Similar residence programs for artists are held national parks. However, this new CfA residence will be the first one inspired by astronomy and the cosmos. Ms. Tres' residence extends through 2002 and will culminate with a special show and public lecture. (2001-09-24)

New UCI program in modern cosmology to help address fundamental questions about the universe
The UC Irvine Department of Physics and Astronomy has established a research program in modern cosmology - an entirely new field of research at the university. To launch the new program, the department has added four new cosmologists to its faculty. (2004-08-27)

RNA, gravitational waves focus of two new grants
Four Penn State researchers have been awarded a total of $450,000 by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation to carry out basic science research over the next two years. (2016-10-07)

New accelerator is helping Notre Dame scientists understand the working of the universe
A new NSF-funded accelerator at the University of Notre Dame is helping to recreate stellar nuclear processes in the laboratory to complement the observational studies of new earth- and space-based telescopes that trace past and present nucleosynthesis processes in the Cosmos. (2012-08-03)

Dark matter research earns doctoral student a fellowship at Fermilab
South African Fulbright scholar Gopolang Mohlabeng has earned a yearlong Fermilab Graduate Student Fellowship in Theoretical Physics beginning in Aug. 2016. Fermilab in Illinois is America's premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research. (2015-11-11)

Giant exoplanet around tiny star challenges understanding of how planets form
An international team of researchers with participation from the University of Göttingen has discovered the first large gas giant orbiting a small star. The planet orbits the nearby red dwarf star GJ3512. This discovery challenges scientists' understanding of how planets form: low-mass stars should have less available material to form planets. Moreover, this new gas giant is on an eccentric orbit, which suggests the presence of another massive planet. The results were published in Science. (2019-09-27)

A first for NASA's IRIS: Observing a gigantic eruption of solar material
A coronal mass ejection, or CME, surged off the side of the sun on May 9, 2014, and NASA's newest solar observatory caught it in extraordinary detail. This was the first CME observed by the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, which launched in June 2013 to peer into the lowest levels of the sun's atmosphere with better resolution than ever before. (2014-05-30)

Solar tadpoles wave at astrophysicists
Researchers at the University of Warwick's Department of Physics have gained insight into the mysterious giant dark (2005-02-22)

Hatched in a swimming pool: 50 years of relativistic astrophysics
The scientific discipline of relativistic astrophysics was born in Dallas in 1963, at the first Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics. Fifty years after that first meeting, experts from across the globe will gather once again in Dallas for the 27th Texas Symposium. Organized by The University of Texas at Dallas's Department of Physics and the Cosmology Group, with input from scientists worldwide, the Jubilee event will be held in downtown Dallas Dec. 8-13, 2013. (2013-11-05)

Caught in the act: Cosmic radio burst
Fast radio bursts are quick, bright flashes of radio waves from an unknown source in space. They are a mysterious phenomenon that last only a few milliseconds, and until now they have not been observed in real time. An international team of astronomers, including three from the Carnegie Observatories, has for the first time observed a fast radio burst happening live. (2015-01-19)

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