Astrophysics News


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.


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.


Michael S. Turner to Become American Physical Society’s First Astrophysicist President

The American Physical Society has elected the University of Chicago's Michael S. Turner vice president as of Jan. 1, 2011. The election puts Turner in line to serve later as president-elect, president, and then past-president in successive years.


2010 Kavli Prize Laureates Honored in Oslo

The 2010 Kavli Prize laureates were presented their awards by His Majesty King Harald of Norway during a ceremony at the Oslo Concert Hall.


Astro2010: Limitless Vistas on a Limited Budget

What can scientists hope to learn in the coming decade about the most basic questions about the cosmos and our place in it ?


Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Released

A two-year process, involving hundreds of scientists, ranks priorities in U.S. astronomy and astrophysics for the next decade.


Dark-Matter Search Plunges Physicists to New Depths

Physicist Juan Collar and team are deploying a 4-kilogram bubble chamber at SNOLab, Ontario, Canada to identify dark matter particles.


Dark Energy Measurement Sheds New Light on Universe's Expansion

Biologists have shown that the electrical activity in developing neurons can change the transmitters that neurons make and use to communicate.


Kavli Prize Science Forum 2010: "The Role of International Cooperation in Science"

Focusing this year on the role of international cooperation toward advancing science, the new biennial international forum will facilitate high-level, global discussion of major topics on science and science policy.


Astronomers Detect Strong Winds On An Exoplanet

Since the first exoplanet, discovered in 1995, more than 460 others have been found. While astronomers have been able to measure the size, orbital characteristics, and even the molecular make up of the atmospheres, many mysteries about their formation and evolution remain.