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  • 7 MON (7 Monocerotis)

     Near the extreme southeastern corner of the modern constellation of Monoceros (the Unicorn), making a flat triangle with Gamma and Beta Mon to the north, lies fifth magnitude (5.27) 7 Monocerotis...

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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.


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  • Dark Energy Survey in Spotlight

    According to Dr. Felipe Menanteau, all of human learning is driven by two fundamental questions. “‘Where did everything come from?’ and ‘Are we alone?’ are what we humans are asking all of the time,” he says. ... Full Details
  • Astronomy on Tap is One Year Old

    Astronomy on Tap, the popular outreach event sponsored by the Astronomy Department, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Read more about it ... Full Details
  • Vieira Wins Sloan Fellowship

    Joaquin Vieira, an assistant professor of astronomy and of physics at the University of Illinois and a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Computing Applications (NCSA) has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2017. ... Full Details
  • Astronomers discover 'hyper-starburst' galaxy

    A recently discovered galaxy is forming stars at an extraordinary pace. Astronomers have shown that, compared to the Milky Way, which forms roughly one Sun-sized star per year, stars in the galaxy SPT 0346-32 are forming at a rate of about 4,500 times higher—one of the highest rates seen! ... Full Details

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