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Stephen Hawking


On 14th March 2018 Professor Stephen Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge at the age of 76.     Read more...

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Professor Donald Lynden-Bell

(5 April 1935 – 6 February 2018)

The Institute of Astronomy is sad to announce the loss of Professor Donald Lynden-Bell, who died peacefully at home on the 6th February.     Read more...

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IoA Open Afternoon 2018

The IoA will be open to the public on the 24th March

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2018, the Institute of Astronomy will be open to the public on Saturday 24th March, 2pm-6pm. There will be activities, demonstrations, and games suitible for all ages provided by the Institute of Astronomy, The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, and the Cambridge Astronomical Association.      Read more...

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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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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

Friday 23 March 2018
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Richard Ellis (UCL)
The Escape Fraction of Ionising Photons from Early Galaxies
Time: 11:30-12:30  [details]
Wednesday 28 March 2018
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Kris Rybicki (Warsaw)
Gaia and microlensing - an opportunity for Black Holes search
Time: 13:15-13:45  [details]
Wednesday 11 April 2018
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Bethan James (STScI)
Title to be confirmed
Time: 13:15-13:45  [details]