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The priest who fathered the Big Bang Thumb

The priest who fathered the Big Bang

March 10, 2017
Cancelled due to the weather.
Fuertes Observatory’s new museum goes 'back to the future' Thumb

Fuertes Observatory’s new museum goes 'back to the future'

February 3, 2017
“This place has come alive. It used to be a storage facility. It’s no longer a storage closet with telescopes on top, this museum has a heartbeat,” said Rushaniya Fazliyeva ’18, an astronomical society member.
Mystery cosmic radio bursts pinpointed Thumb

Mystery cosmic radio bursts pinpointed

January 4, 2017
"I don't exaggerate when I say there are more theories for what these could be than there are observed bursts," first author of the new study, Shami Chatterjee, told the BBC's Science in Action programme.  
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Saturn rings young

December 19, 2016
As a cosmic dust magnet, Saturn’s C ring gives away its youth. Once thought formed in an older, primordial era, the ring may be but a mere babe – less than 100 million years old, according to Cornell-led astronomers
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Prof Bean elected fellow of APS

October 20, 2016
Rachel Bean, associate professor of astronomy and director of graduate studies, was elected for her contributions to the understanding of dark energy and her cosmological observations to constrain physics beyond the Standard Model of physics.
Cornell team creates tool to detect molecules in the cosmos Thumb

Cornell team creates tool to detect molecules in the cosmos

September 22, 2016
To find the detailed building blocks of life in the cosmos, a new, third-generation instrument will be placed on NASA’s SOFIA – the airliner-based Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.
Prof Kaltenegger recipient of the Barrie Jones Award Thumb

Prof Kaltenegger recipient of the Barrie Jones Award

July 1, 2016
Prof. Lisa Kaltenegger has been named the first recipient of the Barrie Jones Award from The Open University (OU), United Kingdom, and the Astrobiology Society of Britain (ASB).
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Ask An Astronomer

June 22, 2016
Got a question? Ask an Astronomer! Wondering if galaxies can travel away from us faster than the speed of light, or why there are high tides at the full moon? The answers to these and other questions are only a mouse click away at the Ask an Astronomer website.
Relax, it'll be 1,500 years before aliens contact us Thumb

Relax, it'll be 1,500 years before aliens contact us

June 16, 2016
If you’re expecting to hear from aliens from across the universe, it could be a while.