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2015 Iben Lecture - What Scientists Know About The Big Bang

Published Date:February 18, 2015

The Astronomy Department is pleased to announce the 2015 Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lecture in Astronomy will be delivered by Prof. John Carlstrom of the University of Chicago, The lecture, "What Scientists Know About The Big Bang," will be at 7:00pm on March 4th in Lincoln Hall Theater.

Published Date: February 18, 2015


Leslie Looney and Ian Stephens Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Sculpting solar systems: Magnetic fields seen for first time

Published Date:October 29, 2014

Illinois astronomy professor Leslie Looney (left) and former graduate student Ian Stephens, now at Boston University, studied a newborn star to see, for the first time, the magnetic field that will shape the planets of that star’s solar system.

Published Date: October 29, 2014


Professor Ryan Foley

'Weirdo' Supernova Explosions Studied by Foley

Published Date:October 27, 2014

A strange and sneaky type of supernova has exploded in a galaxy not so far away. University of Illinois Astronomer Ryan Foley has led the effort to classify and study this class of 'weirdo' supernova explosions, which was featured featured in a recent National Geographic article.

Published Date: October 27, 2014


Matt Turk has been named a Moore Investigator in Data-Driven Discovery

Published Date:October 6, 2014

Matthew Turk has been named a recipient of a Moore Investigator Award in Data-Driven Discovery from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. These awards are part of the foundation’s Data-Driven Discovery Initiative, which is committed to enabling new types of scientific breakthroughs by supporting interdisciplinary, data-driven researchers.Turk plans to use the five-year award to further develop the “yt project,” which he founded to help his own study of early stars.

Published Date: October 6, 2014


Missing dark matter spike around Milky Way black hole: a PRL Editors' Suggestion

Published Date:September 30, 2014

A new study of a black-hole enhancement of dark matter annihilation has been made by Brian Fields, Stuart Shapiro and Jessie Shelton from the Department of Physics and the Department of Astronomy at Illinois. These scientists show for the first time that the predicted strength of a dark matter gamma-ray signal from a canonical black hole spike of Sag A* actually far exceeds what has been observed through the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

Published Date: September 30, 2014