News: 2021


Jazmine Jefferson has been awarded a 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 6, 2021

Jazmine Jefferson is a second year PhD student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.


Associate Professor Daniel Fabrycky won the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

March 22, 2021

Dan Fabrycky has been selected as a winner of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. Dan will receive the prize and recognition during Convocation Weekend.

“Using powerful lasers, scientists recreate how magnetic fields grow in clusters of galaxies”, by Louise Lerner, UChicago News

March 16, 2021

 “This work blazes a path to laboratory investigations of a variety of astrophysical processes mediated by magnetized turbulence,” said Don Lamb, the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago and principal investigator of the Turbulent Dynamo team National Laser User’s Facility project. “It’s truly exciting to see the scientific results that the ingenuity of this team is making possible.”

“The solar wind, explained”, by Louise Lerner, UChicago News

March 11, 2021

The solar wind is a flow of particles that comes off the sun at about one million miles per hour and travels throughout the entire solar system. First proposed in the 1950s by University of Chicago physicist Eugene Parker, the solar wind is visible in the halo around the sun during an eclipse and sometimes when the particles hit the Earth’s atmosphere—as the aurora borealis, or northern lights.

Major step for UChicago partnership: “Engineering Marvel: Sixth Mirror Cast for Giant Magellan Telescope”, GMTO News

March 5, 2021

The Giant Magellan Telescope announces fabrication of the sixth of seven of the world’s largest monolithic mirrors. These mirrors will allow astronomers to see farther into the universe with more detail than any other optical telescope before.

“Scientists confirm third-nearest star with a planet—and it’s rocky like Earth”,  by Louise Lerner, UChicago News

March 4, 2021

MAROON-X instrument built by UChicago team measures its first planet.
In the past two decades, scientists have discovered more and more planets orbiting distant stars—but in some sense, they’re still just dots on a map.
“It’s kind of like looking at a map of Europe and seeing the dot that’s labeled ‘Paris,’” said University of Chicago astrophysicist Jacob Bean. “You know where it is, but there’s a whole lot that you’re missing about the city.”

“Aging stars provide a new cosmological yardstick”, by Nora Bailey, PSD News

March 1, 2021

Astrophysicist and University of Chicago graduate student Abigail Lee is the lead author on a new paper that analyzed observations of light from a nearby galaxy to validate the JAGB method for measuring cosmological distances. This novel technique will allow future independent distance measurements that can help answer one of the biggest outstanding questions in cosmology: how fast is the universe expanding?


“Synergies and a supernova”,  by Sherry Byrne, UChicago Library News

February 24, 2021

Library staff, faculty, and students join forces to drive new astronomical discoveries
The University of Chicago Library continues to look to the sky in our ongoing collaborative work with Professor Rich Kron, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, exploring the use of data obtained from historical astronomical glass plates to drive new astronomical discovery. Since we last reported on the project in 2019 (“Mining historical glass slides for astronomical data”), a National Science Foundation grant, new collaborations, and detection of a likely supernova have furthered our work, strengthened our partnerships, and expanded our experiences and expertise.

New metamaterials for studying the oldest light in the universe

February 19, 2021

Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards

February 18, 2021

Richard Kron, Sloan Digital Sky Survey co-founder, retires

February 9, 2021

Dan Hooper: What happened at the Big Bang?

February 4, 2021

Joshua Frieman & Eugene Parker named Fellows of the American Astronomical Society

February 4, 2021


Roger Hildebrand, Manhattan Project veteran and ‘giant’ of physics and astrophysics, 1922-2021

January 27, 2021

Cosmologist Brian Nord discusses building coalition of physicists & computer scientists to promote algorithmic accountability

January 27, 2021