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

Published on 16/10/2019 

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

“Weather” in clusters of galaxies may explain a longstanding puzzle, according to a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge. The scientists used sophisticated simulations to show how powerful jets from supermassive black holes are disrupted by the motion of hot gas and galaxies, preventing gas from cooling, which could otherwise form stars. The team publish their work in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

New ‘fuzzy’ dark matter research disrupts conventional thinking

Published on 07/10/2019 

New ‘fuzzy’ dark matter research disrupts conventional thinking

IoA astronomer Dr Anastasia Fialkov has simulated dark matter in a new way for the first time, disrupting conventional thinking about the make-up of the universe. The research, published in Physical Review Letters, was done alongside institutions including Sussex, Princeton, Harvard, and MIT.

Professor Robert Kennicutt recieves Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal

Published on 02/07/2019 

Professor Robert Kennicutt receives the Gold Medal in Astronomy for his fundamental contributions to understanding star formation in galaxies and for the accurate determination of the Hubble constant.

2019 Pilkington Prize awarded to Dr Nikku Madhusudhan

Published on 26/06/2019 

We are pleased to announce that Dr Nikku Madhusudhan is a recipient of the 2019 Pilkington Prize.

Special Public Evening -- celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1919 eclipse

Published on 13/05/2019 

Special public evening -- Wednesday 29th May 2019 at 6:30pm

The Institute of Astronomy is hosting a special public event to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1919 eclipse expeditions. Observations taken during a total solar eclipse provided the first proof that light could be influenced by gravity, and verified the prediction made by Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. The results established the fundamental importance of Relativity in our understanding of physics and Astronomy.