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Supernova appears several times in galaxy cluster

Astronomers see supernova split into four images by ‘cosmic lens’

Published Date:March 5, 2015

A team of astronomers, including Ryan Foley from Illinois, have spotted for the first time a distant supernova split into four images using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The multiple images of the exploding star are caused by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy in a massive galaxy cluster.

Supernova Refsdal - Galaxy CLuster MACS J1149.5 2223

Published Date: March 5, 2015


Professor Ryan Foley

Prof. Ryan Foley honored as Sloan Research Fellow

Published Date:February 23, 2015

Illinois astronomer Ryan Foley has been selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. Foley, a professor of astronomy and of physics, studies exploding stars and other celestial transient phenomena. Foley is one of 126 early-career scientists chosen for a two-year fellowship.

Published Date: February 23, 2015


Rukmani Vijayaraghavan

Astronomy Grad Student Awarded NSF Postdoc Fellowship

Published Date:February 20, 2015

Rukmani Vijayaraghavan has been awarded a NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship is awarded annually to ~10 PhD astronomers. Ms. Vijayaraghavan will take her fellowship to the University of Virginia, where she will carry out a study of galaxy clusters.

Published Date: February 20, 2015


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