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  • KAPPA AQL (Kappa Aquilae) with a look at neighboring U AQL (U Aquilae)

    Massive stars attract us, and unassuming Kappa Aquilae does not disappoint. The southernmost Greek-lettered star in Aquila (the Eagle), just five degrees north of the border with Sagittarius, Kappa Aql is a hot (26,400 Kelvin) class B (B0.5) "giant" 1700 light years away, give or take a couple hund ... Full Details


  • New Astronomy Faculty

    The Astronomy Department is pleased to welcome two new faculty members, Xin Liu and Yue Shen, for the Fall 2015 semester. Prof. Liu was recently a Hubble Fellow at UCLA. Prof. Shen was a Hubble Fellow at Carnegie Observatories. Please join us in welcoming Xin and Yue to the University of Illinois! ...

  • Newly Promoted Astronomy Faculty

    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. ...

  • Rogue supernovas likely flung into space by black hole slingshots

    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. ... Full Details

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

    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. ... Full Details

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