Astrophysics News

04/19/2011

"Reconstructing the Earliest Stars" in Physics Today

The April 2011 issue of Physics Today features a cover story on how cosmologists use computer simulations to gian insights written by KIPAC's Tom Abel.

03/24/2011

Clearest Picture Yet of Perseus Galaxy Cluster

X-ray observations made by the Suzaku observatory provide the clearest picture to date of the size, mass and chemical content of a nearby cluster of galaxies.

01/06/2011

Fermi's Large Area Telescope Sees Surprising Flares in Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula is shocking scientists with gamma-ray flares set off by the most energetic particles ever traced to a specific astronomical object, leading researchers to rethink their ideas of how cosmic particles are accelerated.

12/09/2010

Astronomers Detect First Carbon-Rich Exoplanet

A team led by a former postdoctoral researcher in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics, recently measured the first-ever planetary atmosphere that is substantially enriched in carbon.

12/07/2010

Galaxy Clusters Shine New Light on Dark Energy

Scientists' murky understanding of dark energy may have just gotten a little clearer, thanks to recent work by a team of researchers that includes astrophysicist Neelima Sehgal of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at SLAC.

12/02/2010

Study Predicts Distribution of Gravitational Wave Sources

A new study predicts for the first time where neutron star mergers are likely to occur in the local galactic neighborhood.

11/02/2010

Astronomers Find Evidence of Cosmic Climate Change

A team of astronomers has found evidence that the Universe may have gone through a warming trend early in its history.

10/25/2010

USA Science & Engineering Kavli Science Video Winners Announced

The winners of the USA Science & Engineering Kavli Science Video Contest were announced on October 24at at the festival's Expo at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

10/05/2010

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants Awarded to Cornell's Michal Lipson and MIT's Nergis Mavalvala

Two Kavli Institute members -- MIT's Nergis Mavalvala and Cornell's Michal Lipson -- are among this year's recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, which recognizes people with exceptional creativity and promise.

09/29/2010

Milky Way Sidelined in Galactic Tug of War

The Milky Way, thought to be the dominant gravitational force in forming the Magellanic Stream, is sidelined by a new computer simulation.

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