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Unique exoplanet photobombs Cheops study of nearby star system

Press release June 2021

While exploring two exoplanets in a nearby star system, ESA’s exoplanet-hunting Cheops satellite has spotted the system’s third known planet crossing the face of the star     Read more...

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Cosmic dawn occurred 250 to 350 million years after Big Bang

Press release 25 June 2021

The first stars formed 250 million to 350 million years after the beginning of the Universe, according to a new study led by researchers at University of Cambridge     Read more...

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Astronomers spot a ‘blinking giant’ near the centre of the Galaxy

Press release 11 June 2021

Astronomers have spotted a giant ‘blinking’ star towards the centre of the Milky Way, more than 25,000 light years away.      Read more...

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International Women’s Day

8 March 2021

Today we are launching our ‘Inspiration from Cambridge Astro Women’ page. The page features profiles of the many wonderful women we have including advice, motivational quotes, personal inspiration, and role models.     Read more...

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Professor Roger Griffin

(23 August 1935 – 12 February 2021)

The Institute of Astronomy is sad to announce the loss of Professor Roger Griffin, who died at the age of 85.      Read more...

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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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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

Friday 03 September 2021
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Corentin Cadiou (UCL)
The causal effect of environment on halo mass and concentration
Time: 11:30-12:30  [details]
Friday 24 September 2021
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Harley Katz (Oxford)
The Nature of High [OIII]/[CII] Galaxies in the Epoch of Reionization: Low Carbon Abundance and a Top-Heavy IMF?
Time: 11:30-12:30  [details]