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  • 1 CAM (1 Camelopardalis)

    "Number 1" makes the star seem impressive, Unfortunately, the brightest star in dim Camelopardalis (the Giraffe), Beta Cam, is only fourth magnitude, while 1 Cam shines at but fifth magnitude (5.43). "Number 1" is actually a Flamsteed number that refers to the westernmost modestly bright star ... Full Details


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  • 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

  • 'From the Sun to the Stars' by Jim Kaler

    In his latest book, which grew out of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lectures given at the University of Illinois, Prof. Emeritus James Kaler begins at the Sun then travels through the solar system to see the stars, how they work, and ultimately what they mean to us. To be released Oct. 22nd ... Full Details

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