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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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An inferno world with titanium skies

press release 13th Sep 2017

Titanium oxide has been detected in the atmosphere of an exoplanet for the first time.     Read more...

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Flashes of light on dark matter

press release 20th July 2017

Studying the intergalactic space using the light coming from very distant quasars: thanks to simulations using a supercomputer, new research has offered new evidence on one of the great mysteries of the Universe.     Read more...

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A star the size of Saturn

press release 12th July 2017

The smallest star yet measured has been discovered by a team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge.      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 18 October 2017
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Carlos Gonzalez-Fernandez
The first detection of the EM counterpart of a gravitational wave
Time: 13:15-13:45  [details]
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Deyan Mihaylov
An astrometric search method for gravitational waves using Gaia
Time: 13:45-14:15  [details]
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James Owen (Imperial)
Searching for insight in the Kepler era
Time: 16:00-17:00  [details]