Astronomy News

16 Students Graduate from Astronomy

Published Date:May 17, 2016

Congratulations to the Astronomy Class of 2016 for a job well done! Best wishes on your future endeavors--you make us proud!

Published Date: May 17, 2016


Composite image of the gravitational lens SDP.81 showing the distorted ALMA image of the more distant galaxy (red arcs) and the Hubble optical image of the nearby lensing galaxy (blue center object).

Illinois Astronomers Help Discover 'Dark Galaxy'

Published Date:April 15, 2016

A team of researchers, including astronomers at the University of Illinois, have uncovered the existence of a dwarf "dark galaxy" lurking nearly 4 billion light-years away from Earth. The discovery was made using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Published Date: April 15, 2016


Graduates Students win Awards

Published Date:April 8, 2016

Several graduate students have won awards recently. Erin Cox and Dominique Segura-Cox have won the Graduate College Academic Excellence and Good Citizenship Award. Andrew Nadolski is one of the winners of the 2016 NSF Graduate Fellowship. Miguel Holgado won a DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations to all!

Published Date: April 8, 2016


New Evidence for Near-Earth Supernova Explosions Test Illinois Astronomers' Predictions

Published Date:April 7, 2016

Evidence of two near-Earth supernova explosions appears in the current issue of Nature. Prof. Brian Fields discusses these new findings and how nearby supernovae could affect the Earth.

Published Date: April 7, 2016


Prof. Joaquin Vieira

Prof. Joaquin Vieira Named to Far IR Surveyor Definition Team

Published Date:March 16, 2016

Joaquin Vieira, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and leader of the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at Illinois, has been named to the Science and Technology Definition Team for NASA's upcoming Far IR Surveyor, one of four flagship astronomy missions selected for the 2020 Decadal Survey.

Published Date: March 16, 2016