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Dr Floor van Leeuwen awarded the 2021 Jackson-Gwilt Medal

Press release January 2021

Dr Floor van Leeuwen is awarded the Jackson-Gwilt Medal 2021 for his reprocessing of the entire Hipparcos Catalogue, which remains the reference for the most accurate and complete astrometric data for the brightest stars.     Read more...

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Dr Kaisey Mandel awarded ERC Consolidator Grant

Press release December 2020

Dr Kaisey Mandel, the interdisciplinary University Lecturer on Astrostatistics at the Institute of Astronomy, has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council.     Read more...

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The Gaia Early Data Release 3

Gaia, News release

The Gaia Early Data Release 3

The Gaia Early Data Release 3 was published on 3 December 2020.     Read more...

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Fast-moving gas flowing away from young star's asteroid belt may be caused by icy comet vaporisation

Press release November 2020

A unique stage of planetary system evolution has been imaged by astronomers, showing fast-moving gas flowing away from a star system over 400 light years away.     Read more...

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First joint measurement of exoplanet’s mass and brightness challenges classical model of planet formation

Press release 2 October 2020

A team of astronomers have used the ESO instrument GRAVITY to take the first image of an exoplanet that had previously only been detected indirectly via the spectrum of its star.     Read more...

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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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Upcoming Talks at the IoA

Tuesday 26 January 2021
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Zoe Todd, University of Washington, Sagan Fellow
Cometary Delivery of Hydrogen Cyanide to the Early Earth
Time: 13:00-14:00  [details]
Wednesday 27 January 2021
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Clay Roberts
TBC
Time: 13:30-14:00  [details]
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Eugene Vasiliev
TBC
Time: 14:00-14:30  [details]
Thursday 28 January 2021
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Jo Dunkley (Princeton University)
The Millimetre Sky from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope
Time: 16:00-17:00  [details]