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“The Webb Space Telescope Snaps Its First Photo of an Exoplanet,” by Jonathan O’Callaghan,

September 12, 2022

The grainy image of a “super Jupiter” is a sign of what’s to come as the telescope’s observations ramp up.

“Scientists Find Bizarre ‘Water-Rich’ Worlds Around Red Dwarf Stars”,  by Becky Ferreira,

September 9, 2022

Rafael Luque, a postdoctoral scholar and astronomer at the University of Chicago, and Enric Pallé, an astronomer at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and the University of La Laguna, present tantalizing new evidence that these systems contain strange water-logged worlds, as well as rocky and gas-rich planets, that “could potentially be habitable if the appropriate conditions are met,” according to a study published on Thursday in Science. 

“Scientists announce first detection of carbon dioxide on a faraway planet with James Webb Space Telescope”, UChicago News, by Louise Lerner

August 25, 2022

First unequivocal detection of carbon dioxide ushers in a new era of exoplanet science.

“Black hole collisions could help us measure how fast the universe is expanding”,  UChicago News, by Louise Lerner

August 16, 2022

In their new paper, Holz and first author Jose María Ezquiaga suggest that they can use our newfound knowledge about the whole population of black holes as a calibration tool.

“$205 Million Investment Accelerates Construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope”, GMTO News

August 5, 2022

Funding round represents one of the largest in project history, with investments from Carnegie Institution for Science, Harvard University, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), The University of Texas at Austin, University of Arizona, University of Chicago

“NASA’s new flagship telescope just released its beautiful first images of the universe”, UChicago News, by Louise Lerner

July 12, 2022

Nebulas, galaxy clusters among first batch of images from James Webb Space Telescope, successor to Hubble

Congratulations to Zhijie Qu

May 18, 2022

Zhijie Qu won a  2021 IAU PhD Prize

“Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy”, UChicago News by Louise Lerner

May 12, 2022

South Pole Telescope, UChicago scientists help take historic image of Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.

“Supernova forensics: Eight years later, an explosion far out in space is still revealing secrets about the lives of stars”, UChicago News

April 27, 2022

Study including University of Chicago researchers analyzes aftermath of 2014 supernova

Associate Professor Jeff McMahon named co-spokesperson for the CMB-S4, PSD News

April 21, 2022

PSD scientist named co-spokesperson for international science collaboration mapping remnant light from the Big Bang.

“196 lasers help scientists recreate the conditions inside gigantic galaxy clusters”, UChicago News by Louise Lerner

March 12, 2022

Experiments point the way to solving mystery that keeps clusters hot.

Michael Zhang, Inaugural Margarett Burbidge Prize Postdoc Fellow

March 1, 2022

Meet new Department member: Michael Zhang, Inaugural Margarett Burbidge Prize Postdoc Fellow

Tsang Keung Chan, Inaugural Margarett Burbidge Prize Postdoc Fellow

March 1, 2022

Meet new Department member: Tsang Keung Chan, Inaugural Margarett Burbidge Prize Postdoc Fellow

“Twelve for dinner: How the Milky Way ‘ate’ smaller star clusters and galaxies”, UChicago News

January 12, 2022

Study including UChicago scientists creates map of nearby stellar streams and dark matter

NASA gives go-ahead for $20M multi-institution balloon experiment led by UChicago scientists

January 6, 2022

University of Chicago physicist Abby Vieregg is leading an international experiment that essentially uses the ice in Antarctica as a giant detector to find extremely energetic particles from outer space. Recently approved by NASA, the $20 million project will build an instrument to fly above the Antarctic in a balloon, launching in December 2024.