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  • HR 1035 CAM (HR 1035 Camelopardalis)

    Camelopardalis, the Giraffe, browses quietly, surrounded to the south by bright Cassiopeia, Perseus, and Auriga, its pasture on the other side extending nearly to the North Celestial Pole. But you'd be a bit pressed to find it as the brightest star of the sprawling constellation is fourth magnitude (4.03) Beta Cam. Just three degrees off the centerline of the Milky Way, distant HR 1035 is dimmed 1.3 magnitudes by interstellar dust. ... Full Details


Looney and Stephens

  • Sculpting solar systems: Magnetic fields seen for first time

    Illinois astronomy professor Leslie Looney (left) and former graduate student Ian Stephens, now at Boston University, studied a newborn star to see, for the first time, the magnetic field that will shape the planets of that star’s solar system. ... Full Details

  • 'Weirdo' Supernova Explosions Studied by Foley

    A strange and sneaky type of supernova has exploded in a galaxy not so far away. University of Illinois Astronomer Ryan Foley has led the effort to classify and study this class of 'weirdo' supernova explosions, which was featured featured in a recent National Geographic article. ... Full Details

  • Matt Turk has been named a Moore Investigator in Data-Driven Discovery

    Matthew Turk has been named a recipient of a Moore Investigator Award in Data-Driven Discovery from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. These awards are part of the foundation’s Data-Driven Discovery Initiative, which is committed to enabling new types of scientific breakthroughs by supporting interdisciplinary, data-driven researchers.Turk plans to use the five-year award to further develop the “yt project,” which he founded to help his own study of early stars. ... Full Details

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