Astronomy News

Fall 2015 Excellent Teachers

Published Date:March 8, 2016

The Astronomy Department congratulates our graduate students and faculty named to the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent" by the Center for Teaching Excellence for Fall 2015: Ms. Susmita Adhikari, Mr. Di Wen, and Profs. Bryan Dunne, Brian Fields, and Athol Kemball.

Published Date: March 8, 2016


Prof. Yue Shen

Prof. Yue Shen Selected as a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

Author: Barbara Jewett, Managing Editor, NCSA Public Affairs

Published Date:February 23, 2016

Yue Shen, an assistant professor of astronomy and a faculty affiliate at NCSA has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2016. Yue is an observational astronomer who has built a broad and prolific research program featuring observational and theoretical studies of supermassive black holes.

Published Date: February 23, 2016


Hubble telescope's successor will look for dark energy, new planets

Published Date:February 18, 2016

NASA announced the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope mission has passed the final stage of review and will launch as a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope in the 2020s. University of Illinois astronomy professor Ryan Foley is heading up one of the science investigation teams for WFIRST.

Published Date: February 18, 2016


NASA Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the Universe

Published Date:February 18, 2016

After years of preparatory studies, NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the universe -- the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

Published Date: February 18, 2016


Astronomy on Tap

Published Date:February 16, 2016

The Astronomy Department will host the first "Astronomy on Tap," a monthly informal discussion about some of the biggest questions in the Universe, on Thursday, Feb 18, 6-7 pm in the back room of Pizza M at 208 W. Main St. in Urbana. Future sessions will be held the third Thursday of each month.

Published Date: February 16, 2016