Astronomy News

Dom Segura-Cox Wins Chu Award

Published Date:April 5, 2017

Dom Segura-Cox has won the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Hsiang-Pai and Wen-Hua Chu Department of Astronomy Excellence in Research Graduate Student Award. Congratulations, Dom!

Published Date: April 5, 2017


Cooking the Universe

Published Date:March 30, 2017

Prof. Felipe Menanteau and the Dark Energy Survey team use supercomputers to map the Universe and find its ingredients.

Published Date: March 30, 2017


Astronomy on Tap is One Year Old

Published Date:March 7, 2017

Astronomy on Tap, the popular outreach event sponsored by the Astronomy Department, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Read more about it

Published Date: March 7, 2017


Prof. Joaquin Vieira, Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Vieira Wins Sloan Fellowship

Published Date:February 21, 2017

Joaquin Vieira, an assistant professor of astronomy and of physics at the University of Illinois and a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Computing Applications (NCSA) has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2017.

Published Date: February 21, 2017


SPT0346-52 is a galaxy found about a billion years after the Big Bang that has one of the highest rates of star formation ever seen in a galaxy. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Florida/J.Ma et al

Astronomers discover 'hyper-starburst' galaxy

Published Date:December 9, 2016

A recently discovered galaxy is forming stars at an extraordinary pace. Astronomers have shown that, compared to the Milky Way, which forms roughly one Sun-sized star per year, stars in the galaxy SPT 0346-32 are forming at a rate of about 4,500 times higher—one of the highest rates seen!

Published Date: December 9, 2016