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  • THETA and SIGMA AND (Theta and Sigma Andromedae)

    About five degrees south-southwest of the great Andromeda Nebula ... lies a smallish triangle of fifth magnitude stars. The brighter two (both to the west and close to fourth magnitude) are aligned more or less vertically, with Theta Andromedae (4.61) a couple degrees north of Sigma And (4.52). ... Full Details


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  • Vieira Wins Sloan Fellowship

    Joaquin Vieira, an assistant professor of astronomy and of physics at the University of Illinois and a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Computing Applications (NCSA) has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2017. ... Full Details

  • Astronomers discover 'hyper-starburst' galaxy

    A recently discovered galaxy is forming stars at an extraordinary pace. Astronomers have shown that, compared to the Milky Way, which forms roughly one Sun-sized star per year, stars in the galaxy SPT 0346-32 are forming at a rate of about 4,500 times higher—one of the highest rates seen! ... Full Details

  • Disk fragmentation seen for the first time!

    Illinois astronomers, Leslie Looney, Robert Harris, and Dominique Segura-Cox, were part of the team that captured these beautiful images of a multiple stellar system caught in the act of forming. ... Full Details

  • Shapiro wins 2017 Bethe Prize

    Congratulations to U of I Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stuart Shapiro who has been selected for the 2017 Hans A. Bethe Prize of the American Physical Society (APS). ... Full Details

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