05/03/2018 - Graduating Senior Alex Dittmann is the winner of the 2018 Wyatt Award. The Wyatt award is presented to the graduating Astronomy major or minor with the most outstanding GPA and track record of und
04/09/2018 - Ben Ryan, who recently defended his thesis, won the 2018 Mr. and Mrs.
04/09/2018 - Every year, the University of Illinois awards six people the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award. This year, Prof. and Assistant Chair Bryan Dunne was one of the winners.
03/16/2018 - Charlie Young, a sophomore in CS+Astronomy, has created an analytics program for Fighting Illini baseball.
03/02/2018 - Sidney Lower, a senior minoring in Astronomy, has won the 2018 Layla S. Ryan Scholarship award.
01/25/2018 - Prof. Eliu Huerta and Grad Student Daniel George are pioneering the use of Deep Learning to study gravitational waves.
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.
- Astro Grad Daniel George Won First Place at Super Computing 2017 Conference Student Research Competition
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!