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Two postdocs receive fellowships to study exoplanets

An incoming postdoc and a departing Ph.D. are among four new 51 Pegasi b Fellows announced this week by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

TAGS: katherine de kleer, Peter Gao, planetary astronomy, 51 Pegasi b

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Fast radio burst tied to distant dwarf galaxy and, perhaps, magnetar

One of the rare and brief bursts of cosmic radio waves that have puzzled astronomers since they were first detected nearly 10 years ago has finally been tied to a source: an older dwarf galaxy more than 3 billion light years from Earth.

TAGS: very large array, dwarf galaxy, Casey Law

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For the Good of Science

Nearly a dozen of the country's leading scholars in physics and astronomy visited the Heising-Simons Foundation to discuss academic and career pathways for women in these fields, and what could be done to help.  View the slideshow by clicking here. 

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Peering Back in Galactic Time

The astonishing beauty of galaxies visible from Earth has enchanted humanity ever since our ancestors first gazed into the twinkling night and wondrously beheld them. Some galaxies look like elegant whirling spirals or cosmic frisbees, while others look like elliptical blobs or lumpy irregular clumps smeared across the sky. The variety of galactic shapes prompts questions as old as astronomy: why do galaxies form these characteristic shapes? Can elliptical galaxies become spirals, or vice versa?

 

TAGS: Mariska Kriek, Galaxies, MOSDEF

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Breakthrough Listen and Tabby's Star

UC Berkeley's Breakthrough Listen project to spend several exciting nights observing Tabby's star from the Green Bank Telescope, located in West Virginia.  

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HERA project receives nearly $10 million in funding from NSF

An experiment, lead by Astronomy's Professor Aaron Parsons, to explore the aftermath of cosmic dawn, when stars and galaxies first lit up the universe, has received nearly $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to expand its detector array in South Africa.

TAGS: HERA, Parsons, Cosmic

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