News

  • 01/11/2018 - The Dark Energy Survey releases first three years of data. Illinois plays a large role in the data and the science.

  • 01/10/2018 - Professor Yue Shen, post-doctoral researcher David Starkey, and graduate student Jennifer Li, along with researchers from the Pennsylvania State University, recently announced new measurements of s

  • 12/07/2017 - Prof. Joaquin Vieira, grad students Kedar Phadke and Sreevani Jarugula, and undergrad Sydney Lower are among the astronomers who have made recent discoveries about how galaxies were formed.

  • 11/17/2017 - Daniel George won first place in the SC17 ACM Student Research Competition!! This work included new deep learning algorithms, black hole simulations with the Einstein Toolkit, and LIGO gravitational wave data analysis. Congratulations, Daniel!

  • 11/14/2017 - Prof. Joaquin Vieira and graduate student Kedar Phadke will be among the first astronomers to observe with NASA’s $10B James Webb Space Telescope, launching in 2019.

  • 10/20/2017 - It is a great pleasure to proudly announce that our own Prof. Gabrielle Allen was elected a 2017 Fellow of the APS. Being elected an APS Fellow is a major recognition of her professional accomplishment from the leading organization of physicists. She provides international leadership in development of widely-used simulation frameworks for numerical relativity, relativistic astrophysics, and other areas...

  • 10/19/2017 - The Astronomy Building recently underwent an overhaul of its HVAC system, which led to a dramatic decrease in our energy use. As a result, Astronomy is being awarded a 2017 Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP) award! Congratulations!

  • 08/07/2017 - New measurements from data processed at the University of Illinois verify the theory that 26 percent of the universe is in the form of mysterious dark matter and that space is filled with an also-unseen dark energy, which is causing the accelerating expansion of the universe and makes up 70 percent of the universe’s contents.

  • 05/26/2017 - Congratulations to the Astronomy Class of 2017 for a job well done! Best wishes on your future endeavors--you make us proud!

  • 04/05/2017 - Dom Segura-Cox has won the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Hsiang-Pai and Wen-Hua Chu Department of Astronomy Excellence in Research Graduate Student Award. Congratulations, Dom!

  • 03/30/2017 - Prof. Felipe Menanteau and the Dark Energy Survey team use supercomputers to map the Universe and find its ingredients.

  • 03/07/2017 - Astronomy on Tap, the popular outreach event sponsored by the Astronomy Department, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

  • 02/21/2017 - Joaquin Vieira, an assistant professor of astronomy and of physics at the University of Illinois and a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Computing Applications (NCSA) has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2017.

  • 12/09/2016 - A recently discovered galaxy is forming stars at an extraordinary pace. Astronomers have shown that, compared to the Milky Way, which forms roughly one Sun-sized star per year, stars in the galaxy SPT 0346-32 are forming at a rate of about 4,500 times higher—one of the highest rates seen!

  • 10/27/2016 - Illinois astronomers, Leslie Looney, Robert Harris, and Dominique Segura-Cox, were part of the team that captured these beautiful images of a multiple stellar system caught in the act of forming.