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  • XI-1 CMA (Xi-1 Canis Majoris)

    In the central part of the Big Dog lies fourth magnitude (4.33) Xi-1 Canis Majoris. A hot blue class B (B0.5) subgiant (but see below), it's on the edge of rare class O and as such is fated to explode. At a distance of 1382 light years (give or take 117), Xi-1 is three times as far as Xi-2, the lat ... Full Details

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  • Gammie selected for 2015 Simons Fellowship

    Professor Charles Gammie has been named a 2015 Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics by the Simons Foundation. Gammie will use the fellowship to continue his leading-edge theoretical work in black hole astrophysics while on sabbatical next academic year at the University of Oxford in the UK. ... Full Details

  • Astronomers see supernova split into four images by ‘cosmic lens’

    A team of astronomers, including Ryan Foley from Illinois, have spotted for the first time a distant supernova split into four images using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The multiple images of the exploding star are caused by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy in a massive galaxy cluster. ... Full Details

  • Prof. Ryan Foley honored as Sloan Research Fellow

    Illinois astronomer Ryan Foley has been selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. Foley, a professor of astronomy and of physics, studies exploding stars and other celestial transient phenomena. Foley is one of 126 early-career scientists chosen for a two-year fellowship. ... Full Details

  • Astronomy Grad Student Awarded NSF Postdoc Fellowship

    Rukmani Vijayaraghavan has been awarded a NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship is awarded annually to ~10 PhD astronomers. Ms. Vijayaraghavan will take her fellowship to the University of Virginia, where she will carry out a study of galaxy clusters. ... Full Details

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