Institute of Astronomy

News and Press Releases

Cambridge launches new Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe

Published on 18/01/2022 

With a £10 million grant awarded by the Leverhulme Trust, the University of Cambridge is to establish a new research centre dedicated to exploring the nature and extent of life in the Universe.

 

The 2022 Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal in Astronomy is awarded to Professor George Efstathiou.

Published on 14/01/2022 

The 2022 RAS Gold Medal in Astronomy is awarded to Professor George Efstathiou.

Astronomers find remains of ancient globular cluster

Published on 05/01/2022 

An international team of researchers (including astrophysicists from the University of Cambridge) have discovered a the remains of a unique globular cluster which appears to be a relic from the very early Universe. 

Unveiling substructures at the edge of the Galaxy

Published on 14/12/2021 

An international team of astronomers, including researchers at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, has revealed a new map of the Milky Way’s outer disc using data from the Gaia space misison. The findings have been published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Astronomers detect gas released in a giant planetary collision

Published on 20/10/2021 

An international team of astronomers from MIT, the National University of Ireland at Galway, University of Cambridge, and elsewhere have discovered evidence of a giant impact that occurred in a nearby star system, just 95 light years from Earth. The study represents the first detection of a planetary atmosphere that was vaporised by a giant impact.