Leslie W Looney

In The News

  • A team led by Prof. Tony Wong, and including Prof. Leslie Looney, showed that the star formation at the center of our Milky Way galaxy is still driven by gravity even with all the nearby massive stars providing intense feedback. Read about it...

  • Illinois Prof. Looney was among the science team that released high resolution images of hundred of young stars (and the disks that surround them) in Orion; the largest survey of young stars and their disks to date.  The images reveal the first stages of planet formation and extend our...

  • Congratulations to the Astronomy Class of 2019! Best wishes on your future endeavors--you make us proud! Twelve Astronomy and CS+Astronomy seniors graduated on May 12, 2019 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The students include John Aulabaugh, Brittany Glodowski, Nathan Knipfer, Ashvini...

  • Illinois Prof Looney was among the science team that released a beautiful image of the dust inferred magnetic field in two galaxies. The Cigar Galaxy (M82), shown here, has its large-scale magnetic field following the bipolar outflows (red) generated by the intense nuclear starburst....

  • Illinois Profs Looney and Crutcher and grad student Erin Cox were among the science team that released a beautiful image of the dust inferred magnetic field in the Orion nebula using SOFIA HAWC+ observations. Prof. Looney is a co-I of the HAWC+ instrument, producing the cryogenic motors for the...