Astrophysics News


MIT reports finer lines for microchips

Lithographic technology, used in the manufacture of computer chips and other electronic devices, to make finer patterns of lines over larger areas than have been possible with other methods.


GLAST - Watcher of the Skies: Observations by KIPAC DIrector Roger Blandford

After its launch into orbit, KIPAC Director Roger Blandford discusses the importance and expectations of the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope.


Looking for New Light: How Researchers at KIPAC are Trying to Shed Light on Asteroids

Researchers now report that they can use this gamma ray radiation to infer the number of small asteroids in different groups of small solar system bodies.


Measuring a Pulsar's Smoothness

The team operating the Laser Interferometer Gravity-wave Observatory (LIGO) reported that the pulsar at the center of the Crab Nebula must have an extremely smooth surface.


Kavli Grant Establishes Endowment to Support KIPAC

Fred Kavli and The Kavli Foundation have made a pledge of $7.5 million to KIPAC the for an endowment that will support the institute's s research programs.


Catching Planets in the Making

Astronomers, including MIT's Joshua Winn, reported the first observations of a plant in the middle stages of formation. 


Team of Scientists Goes Deep, Armed with World's Best Detectors of Dark Matter

A half-mile down in an old iron ore mine in Minnesota, incredibly sensitive detectors have been waiting for a particle of dark matter to make itself known.


MIT to Lead Development of New Telescopes on Moon

NASA has selected a proposal by an MIT-led team to develop plans for an array of radio telescopes on the far side of the moon that would probe the earliest formation of the basic structures of the universe.


MIT Scientists to be Key Lunar Institute Members

MIT faculty and students will play substantial roles on two of the seven teams that NASA selected to be part of its virtual Lunar Science Institute.


KIPAC Researcher Awarded Rossi Prize
KIPAC at Stanford University researcher Steve Allen has been awarded a share of the 2008 Rossi Prize by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).