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  • OMI SGR (Omicron Sagittarii)

      In spite of its location within the Milky Way, Omicron Sagittarii is close enough (just 142 light years, give or take 2) that there is little interstellar dust absorption along the line of sight, and we'll ignore it. ... Omi Sgr shines with the light of 66 Suns,

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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.



  • Dark Energy Survey reveals most accurate measurement of dark matter structure in the universeItem Title

    New measurements from data processed at the University of Illinois verify the theory that 26 percent of the universe is in the form of mysterious dark matter and that space is filled with an also-unseen dark energy, which is causing the accelerating expansion of the universe and makes up 70 percent of the universe’s contents. ... Full Details
  • 13 Students Graduate from Astronomy

    Congratulations to the Astronomy Class of 2017 for a job well done! Best wishes on your future endeavors--you make us proud! ...
  • Dom Segura-Cox Wins Chu Award

    Dom Segura-Cox has won the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Hsiang-Pai and Wen-Hua Chu Department of Astronomy Excellence in Research Graduate Student Award. Congratulations, Dom! ...
  • Cooking the Universe

    Prof. Felipe Menanteau and the Dark Energy Survey team use supercomputers to map the Universe and find its ingredients. ... Full Details

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