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Dark Energy Survey publicly releases first three years of data

press release 10th Jan 2018

The first major release of data from the the Dark Energy Survey yields information on about 400 million astronomical objects, including distant galaxies billions of light years away as well as stars in our own galaxy     Read more...

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Habitable Planets Round Pulsars Theoretically Possible

Press release 19th Dec 2017

Astronomers have calculated that it is theoretically possible that habitable planets could exist around pulsars.      Read more...

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Hitomi Mission Glimpses Cosmic 'Recipe' for the Nearby Universe

press release 13th Nov 2017

Japan's Hitomi X-ray observatory captured exceptional information about the chemical make-up of the hot gas in the Perseus galaxy cluster, providing new insights into the stellar explosions that formed most of these elements and cast them into space.     Read more...

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First detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

press release 15th Oct 2017

International teams of scientists – including researchers from the University of Cambridge – announced the detection of this event and the significant scientific firsts it has revealed about our Universe.     Read more...

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The Scientific Quest to Explain Tabby's Star

press release 4th Oct 2017

One of the most mysterious stellar objects may be revealing some of its secrets at last.     Read more...

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Black Holes with Ravenous Appetites Define Type I Active Galaxies

press release 27th Sep 2017

New research suggests that the central black holes in Type I and Type II active galaxies consume matter at different rates, upending popular theory     Read more...

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Research at the Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy researches across the entire breadth of astronomy. Find out more about our current fields of research and project involvement.     Read more...

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Upcoming Talks at the IoA

Wednesday 24 January 2018
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Helen Russell
Title to be confirmed
Time: 13:15-13:45  [details]
Thursday 25 January 2018
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Matteo Brogi (Warwick)
Exoplanet atmospheres at high spectral resolution
Time: 11:30-12:30  [details]
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Ben Davies (LJMU)
The deaths of massive stars
Time: 16:00-17:00  [details]