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  • OMI AND (Omicron Andromedae)

    Andromeda, the central character in the ancient Andromeda myth, has a strong representation in the sky in long strings of stars that come off the northeastern corner of the Great Square of Pegasus ...At the far western boundary ...lies rather bright fourth Omicron Andromedae, ... 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.


SPT0346-52. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Florida/J.Ma et al

  • 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

  • Getting Personal: Joaquin Vieira

    Prof. Joaquin Vieira talked about his work taking baby pictures of the universe, setting up a telescope at the South Pole, Astronomy on Tap Champaign-Urbana, and his family in The News-Gazette's Getting Personal story and video. ... Full Details

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