Astronomy News

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


Disk fragmentation seen for the first time!

Published Date:October 27, 2016

Illinois astronomers, Leslie Looney, Robert Harris, and Dominique Segura-Cox, were part of the team that captured these beautiful images of a multiple stellar system caught in the act of forming.

Published Date: October 27, 2016


Shapiro wins 2017 Bethe Prize

Published Date:October 10, 2016

Congratulations to U of I Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stuart Shapiro who has been selected for the 2017 Hans A. Bethe Prize of the American Physical Society (APS).

Published Date: October 10, 2016


Getting Personal: Joaquin Vieira

Published Date:October 4, 2016

Prof. Joaquin Vieira talked about his work taking baby pictures of the universe, setting up a telescope at the South Pole, Astronomy on Tap Champaign-Urbana, and his family in The News-Gazette's Getting Personal story and video.

Published Date: October 4, 2016