Institute of Astronomy

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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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Astronomers use ‘cosmic echo-location’ to map black hole surroundings

Press release January 2020

ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has used echoes to map the behaviour and surroundings of a black hole     Read more...

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Water common – yet scarce – in exoplanets

Press release December 2019

The most extensive survey of atmospheric chemical compositions of exoplanets to date has revealed trends that challenge current theories of planet formation     Read more...

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Supermassive black hole jets stir old cosmic puzzles

Press release October 2019

Stormy cluster weather could unleash black hole power and explain lack of cosmic cooling     Read more...

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Cambridge's Professor Didier Queloz wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics

8 October 2019

Queloz jointly wins the 2019 Physics Nobel for his work on the first confirmation of an exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star other than our Sun.      Read more...

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Vacancies and Research Fellowships

Current Vacancies

Vacancies and Research Fellowships available at the Institute of Astronomy.     Read more...

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Research

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

Tuesday 03 March 2020
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Yamila Miguel (Leiden)
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Time: 16:00-17:00  [details]
Wednesday 04 March 2020
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Cat Sinclair
Title to be confirmed
Time: 13:15-13:45  [details]
Thursday 05 March 2020
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Omar Darwish
Title to be confirmed
Time: 13:00-14:30  [details]
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Thomas Greve, University College London (UCL)
Down the Dusty Road -- Gems from Large (sub-)millimetre Surveys
Time: 16:00-17:00  [details]