Astronomy News

Newly Promoted Astronomy Faculty

Published Date:August 25, 2015

The Astronomy Department congratulates Robert Brunner on his promotion to full professor, effective Fall 2015. Prof. Brunner's research program spans several different areas, including the application of data mining and machine learning to astronomy and data-intensive computing in cosmology.

Published Date: August 25, 2015


Rogue supernovas likely flung into space by black hole slingshots

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 14, 2015

Rogue supernovas that explode all alone in deep space present an astronomical mystery. Where did they come from? How did they get there? The likely answer: a binary black hole slingshot, according to a new study by Ryan Foley, a professor of astronomy and physics at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: August 14, 2015


NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

Published Date:July 14, 2015

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto. After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday.

Published Date: July 14, 2015


What can we learn from the first close-up look at Pluto via NASA's New Horizon probe?

Published Date:July 14, 2015

Astronomy buffs and anyone intrigued by Pluto (okay, pretty much everyone) should be excited about the first ever close-up view of Pluto via NASA's New Horizon probe. Charles Gammie, professor of astronomy and physics, explains why this is a big deal.

Published Date: July 14, 2015


You-Hua Chu and Rukmani Vijayaraghavan

Rukmani Vijayaraghavan Named First Chu Award Winner

Published Date:June 1, 2015

Graduate student Rukmani Vijayaraghavan has been named the first recipient of the Mr. and Mrs. Hsiang-Pai and Wen-Hua Chu Department of Astronomy Excellence in Research Graduate Student Award. Congratulations!

Published Date: June 1, 2015