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News and Press Releases

Clues to the Growth of the Colossus in Coma

Published on 18/09/2013 

A composite imge of the Coma cluster of galaxies, showing bothe the X-ray emission from Chandra (in pink) and the optical data from the SDSS (in white and blue).

Daniel Chalonge Medal 2013 been awarded to Professor Gerard F. Gilmore FRS

Published on 12/09/2013 

The International School of Astrophysics Daniel Chalonge has awarded the Daniel Chalonge Medal 2013 to Professor Gerard F. Gilmore from the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge UK and Fellow of the Royal Society, for his relevant results in the study of our galaxy and dwarf galaxies with great scientific impact on the nature of dark matter, a major subject at the center of the Chalonge School programmes. His successful effort in promoting and leading key missions and collaborations is also highlighted.

Alumni Festival 2013 - 27th & 28th September

Published on 22/07/2013 

The Institute of Astronomy and the Cavendish Astrophysics new Battcock Centre for Experimental Astrophysics, welcomes Alumni and their guests to the Institute's 'Open Day' on the 27th & 28th September 2013.

Consisting of a guided tour followed by a presentation or vice versa, attendees will have the opportunity to look at a display to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Cambridge University Astronomical Society (CUAS), meet current researchers and listen to a talk on recent developments in Cosmology and Astrophysics.

‘Polluted’ stellar graveyard gives glimpse of our Solar System beyond Sun’s implosion

Published on 08/05/2013 

By chemically sampling the atmospheres of two dead stars in the Hyades cluster 150 light years away, researchers at Cambridge and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered the building blocks for Earth-sized planets formed around the stars while they lived.

The study offers insight into what will happen in our solar system when our Sun burns out 5 billion years from now. It is published today in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Professor Gerard F Gilmore FRS

Published on 03/05/2013 

The Director of the Institute of Astronomy is delighted to announce the election of Professor Gerard F Gilmore to the Fellowship of the Royal Society on 2 May 2013.

The citation for Gerry details his pioneering work in the study of the Milky Way and its satellite galaxies. Gerry's leadership role in the forthcoming GAIA mission is also highlighted.

The Royal Society is the national Academy of science in the UK and the Fellowship is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. The Institute has eight Fellows among its current and emeritus staff.