Astronomy News

Dark Energy Survey Searches for Visible Light Connected to Gravitational Waves

Published Date:February 15, 2016

Following the detection of the first gravitational wave event by LIGO on Sept. 16, 2015, the Dark Energy Survey team, including astronomers at Illinois, rapidly turned the DECam to that sky region to search for a visible light counterpart. No event was found, but is a model for future follow-ups.

Published Date: February 15, 2016


Colliding Black Hole Simulation (Image Credit: NCSA)

Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction

Published Date:February 11, 2016

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the Earth from the merger of black holes in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity and opens a new window to the cosmos.

Published Date: February 11, 2016


Observations Reveal Dramatic New Evidence About Star, Planet Formation

Published Date:January 28, 2016

A detailed study of young stars and their surroundings has produced dramatic new evidence about how the dusty disks that are the raw material for planets grow. The team, led by Dominique Segura-Cox, found that the disks around some of the protostars are larger than some theoretical models predict.

Published Date: January 28, 2016


Twisted Magnetic Fields Give New Insights on Star Formation

Author: NRAO

Published Date:January 28, 2016

Using new images that show unprecedented detail, scientists have found that material rotating around a very young protostar probably has dragged in and twisted magnetic fields from the surrounding area. Illinois astronomers Leslie Looney and Erin Cox lead the team studying the protostar.

Published Date: January 28, 2016


DARK ENERGY SURVEY RELEASES EARLY DATA

Author: NCSA

Published Date:January 21, 2016

Catalogs of galaxies and stars derived from the data collected during the Dark Energy Survey’s science verification season prior to beginning official observations have been released to the public. Astronomy buffs can download the data from NCSA, which manages data processing and archiving for DES.

Published Date: January 21, 2016