University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign logo

Quick links

E-mail and search functions


Upcoming Events

2015 Iben Lecture: What Scientists Know About The Big Bang, John Carlstrom, University of Chicago, 7pm March 4th at Lincoln Hall

View calendar

Picture of the Day

Astronomy picture of the day

Moon Venus Mars Skyline

Star of the Week

  • 54 ERI (54 Eridani)

    Immensely long, Eridanus, the River, winds from just northwest of Rigel, the seventh brightest star of the sky, deep into the southern hemisphere, where it ends at Achernar, number nine, both stars of magnitude zero. Not all of Eridanus's more modest stars are on the winding stream, however. On the ... Full Details


Prof. Ryan Foley honored as Sloan Research Fellow

  • 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

  • 2015 Iben Lecture - "What Scientists Know About The Big Bang"

    The Astronomy Department is pleased to announce the 2015 Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lecture in Astronomy will be delivered by Prof. John Carlstrom of the University of Chicago, The lecture, "What Scientists Know About The Big Bang," will be at 7:00pm on March 4th in Lincoln Hall Theater. ... Full Details

  • 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

View news archive