Astrophysics News

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.

09/27/2010

Astrophysicist Lars Bildsten Appointed to Endowed Chair at Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics

UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist Lars Bildsten, a permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, has been awarded the Wayne Rosing, Simon and Diana Raab Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the discipline.

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