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  • XI-1 and XI-2 SGR (Xi-1 and Xi-2 Sagittarii)

     There are not a lot of letters (Greek or Roman) that our astronomical ancestors had available for which to name the stars. One popular way of extending names was to add numbers, as in "Pi-1 Pegasi" and "Pi-2 Peg," where the numbers appear as superscripts.

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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.




  • Prof. Gabrielle Allen Elected a 2017 Fellow of the APS

    It is a great pleasure to proudly announce that our own Prof. Gabrielle Allen was elected a 2017 Fellow of the APS. Being elected an APS Fellow is a major recognition of her professional accomplishment from the leading organization of physicists. She provides international leadership in development of widely-used simulation frameworks for numerical relativity, relativistic astrophysics, and other areas... ... Full Details
  • Astronomy Building Gets Conservation Award

    The Astronomy Building recently underwent an overhaul of its HVAC system, which led to a dramatic decrease in our energy use. As a result, Astronomy is being awarded a 2017 Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP) award! Congratulations! ...
  • 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! ...

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