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NGC 7822: Stars and Dust Pillars in Infrared

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  • ZUBENELGENUBI (Alpha Librae)

    Dim Libra, which 2000 years ago held the autumnal equinox in its balance pans, is identified chiefly by two stars to the northwest of Scorpius that have delightful names, Zubeneschamali and Zubenelgenubi. They harken back to the ancient times when they were considered the outstretched claws of the Scorpion.. ... Full Details


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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Astronomy Department is a research-oriented unit with broad interests, from the cosmic microwave background to the origin of the Moon. We are always seeking to identify prospective faculty members at all ranks. If you are interested in Illinois Astronomy, see our Job Openings page.




  • Astro Grad Daniel George won first place at Super Computing 2017 conference student research competition!

    Daniel George won first place in the SC17 ACM Student Research Competition!! This work included new deep learning algorithms, black hole simulations with the Einstein Toolkit, and LIGO gravitational wave data analysis. Congratulations, Daniel! ...
  • Vieira and Phadke to be Among First to Observe with Hubble Successor

    Prof. Joaquin Vieira and graduate student Kedar Phadke will be among the first astronomers to observe with NASA’s $10B James Webb Space Telescope, launching in 2019. ... Full Details
  • Prof. Gabrielle Allen Elected a 2017 Fellow of the APS

    It is a great pleasure to proudly announce that our own Prof. Gabrielle Allen was elected a 2017 Fellow of the APS. Being elected an APS Fellow is a major recognition of her professional accomplishment from the leading organization of physicists. She provides international leadership in development of widely-used simulation frameworks for numerical relativity, relativistic astrophysics, and other areas... ... Full Details
  • Astronomy Building Gets Conservation Award

    The Astronomy Building recently underwent an overhaul of its HVAC system, which led to a dramatic decrease in our energy use. As a result, Astronomy is being awarded a 2017 Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP) award! Congratulations! ...

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