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Possible Marker of Life Spotted on Venus

Press release 14 September 2020

An international team of astronomers today announced the discovery of a rare molecule — phosphine — in the clouds of Venus, which could indicate the presence of extra-terrestrial life.     Read more...

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Anti-racism resources

Equality and Diversity at the IoA

We at the Institute of Astronomy encourage everyone to educate themselves on issues of racial inequality. Anti-racism resources are available on our Equality and Diversity webpage.     Read more...

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2020 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics awarded to Andrew Fabian

Press release 27 May 2020

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters have announced that IoA astronomer Professor Andrew Fabian has been awarded the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics.     Read more...

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Astronomers find cosmic `golden needle' buried for two decades

Press release 1 June 2020

Discovery sheds new light on famous Einstein ring     Read more...

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New IoA research tests 'theory of everything'

Press release March 2020

IoA astronomers use NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to take a 'significant step' towards an experimental test of string theory     Read more...

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Prof. Martin J. Rees awarded Fritz Zwicky Prize for Astrophysics & Cosmology

Press release March 2020

The Inaugural Fritz Zwicky Prize for Astrophysics & Cosmology is awarded to Prof. Martin J. Rees (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom) for outstanding contributions to astrophysics and cosmology.     Read more...

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Large exoplanet could have the right conditions for life

Press release February 2020

Astronomers from Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy have found an exoplanet more than twice the size of Earth to be potentially habitable, opening the search for life to planets significantly larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune.     Read more...

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Upcoming Talks at the IoA

Friday 25 September 2020
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Matthew Smith (CfA Harvard)
Supernova clustering and galactic outflows
Time: 11:30-12:30  [details]
Wednesday 30 September 2020
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Nick Chornay
TBC
Time: 13:30-14:00  [details]
Friday 02 October 2020
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Prakash Gaikwad (IoA)
A consistent and robust measurement of the thermal state of the IGM at 2<z<4 with a large sample of Lyman-alpha forest spectra
Time: 11:30-12:30  [details]
Wednesday 07 October 2020
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Speaker to be confirmed
TBC
Time: 13:30-14:00  [details]