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First Magnitude: A Book of the Bright Sky

Published Date:December 20, 2012

In his latest popular science book, First Magnitude, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy James Kaler takes delight in sharing with us his extensive knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for the study of the skies. First Magnitude is an entry-level book for readers with brightly lit skies. Its purpose is to show them that all is not lost, that they can still enjoy personal astronomy and have an appreciation of the heavens no matter where they live. Available from World Scientific and leading booksellers.

Published Date: December 20, 2012


Binary Black-Hole Mergers in Magnetized Disks

Published Date:December 1, 2012

A snapshot from a simulation of accretion disk surrounding an black-hole binary system was featured on the cover of the November 30, 2012 issue of Physical Review Letters. The simulation is the work of a team of researchers at the University of Illinois: Brian D. Farris, Roman Gold, Vasileios Paschalidis, Zachariah B. Etienne, and Stuart L. Shapiro. A paper on the results of the simulation can be found in Physical Review Letters, Volume 109, Issue 22.

Published Date: December 1, 2012


Benjamin McCall elected APS Fellow

Author: Siv Schwink

Published Date:November 15, 2012

Associate Professor Benjamin McCall has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society 'for integrative studies of the simplest polyatomic molecule (H_3+), including its dissociative recombination, proton-swapping reaction with H_2, and astronomical observations and modeling; and for the development of high-sensitivity, high-precision methods for molecular ion spectroscopy.' McCall has built an exciting research program in the emerging field of astrochemistry. His teams work probes the network of chemical reactions responsible for the formation of most molecules in the universe and so has profound implications for our understanding of the origins of the universe and life.

Published Date: November 15, 2012


A Close Look at a Distant Black Hole

Published Date:October 9, 2012

Astronomers have managed to look closer than ever before into the edge of a supermassive black hole in the galaxy, M87. The evidence for the existence of a supermassive black hole in the galaxy is now almost as compelling as that for our own Milky Way, says Charles Gammie, Professor of Astronomy and of Physics at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: October 9, 2012


The 2012 Iben Lecture - The Galactic Center: Unveiling the Heart of our Galaxy

Author: Bryan Dunne

Published Date:September 18, 2012

The Astronomy Department is pleased to announce the 2012 Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lecture will be delivered by Andrea Ghez, Professor of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA. In her lecture, "The Galactic Center: Unveiling the Heart of our Galaxy," Prof. Ghez will discuss the evidence that a supermassive black hole with 4 million times the mass of the Sun lies at the center of our Galaxy. The talk will be at 7:00pm on October 16th in Lincoln Hall Theater. This event is free and open to the public.

Published Date: September 18, 2012