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  • 10 CVN (10 Canum Venaticorum)

    Solar type stars are for obvious reasons inherently fascinating. Those with known planets are even more so. Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs, is a fine example. While faint to the naked eye, 10 Canum Venaticorum is remarkably easy to find just barely south of a line between Cor Caroli and Chara. ... Full Details


  • New Astronomy Faculty

    The Astronomy Department is pleased to welcome two new faculty members, Xin Liu and Yue Shen, for the Fall 2015 semester. Prof. Liu was recently a Hubble Fellow at UCLA. Prof. Shen was a Hubble Fellow at Carnegie Observatories. Please join us in welcoming Xin and Yue to the University of Illinois! ...

  • Newly Promoted Astronomy Faculty

    The Astronomy Department congratulates Robert Brunner on his promotion to full professor, effective Fall 2015. Prof. Brunner's research program spans several different areas, including the application of data mining and machine learning to astronomy and data-intensive computing in cosmology. ...

  • Rogue supernovas likely flung into space by black hole slingshots

    Rogue supernovas that explode all alone in deep space present an astronomical mystery. Where did they come from? How did they get there? The likely answer: a binary black hole slingshot, according to a new study by Ryan Foley, a professor of astronomy and physics at the University of Illinois. ... Full Details

  • NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto. After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday. ... Full Details

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