• Congratulations to Dr. Sreevani Jarugula! She defended her PhD thesis "Molecules in the Early Universe" on July 8, 2022  with advisor Prof. Joaquin Vieira.
     Posted: 2022-07-11
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jesse Miller and Dr. Ada Ertel! They defended their PhD theses: "Consequences of Near-Earth Supernovae on the Heliosphere" and "Paleo-astronomy: Investigating Near-Earth Supernovae using the Geologic Record", respectively, with Prof. Brian Fields this week.    
     Posted: 2022-07-07
  • The AAS has released the astronomical obituary of Illinois Emeritus Professor Ed Olson, who passed in 2020.  Ed was an expert on eclipsing and mass-transferring binary stellar systems. Read more here.
     Posted: 2022-06-30
  • 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 here.
     Posted: 2022-06-29
  • Prof. Xin Liu explains “what would happen if two supermassive black holes merged” in this month’s Astronomy Magazine.
     Posted: 2022-06-10
  • Congratulations to Prof. Brian Fields, Prof. Telemachos Mouschovias, and grad student Grant Merz for being named to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students for Spring 2022.  
     Posted: 2022-06-01
  • We are excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2022 Girls’ Astronomy Summer Camp! This summer camp for high school students will be focused on hands-on astronomy projects. Join this two-day camp to play with real astronomical data and hang with UIUC professors and graduate students! Camp highlights: Work on real astronomy...
     Posted: 2022-05-17
  • Congratulations to Prof. Gammie and his team as part of the international collaboration that just released the first image of the accretion disk surrounding the supermassive Black Hole at the center of our Galaxy. It's a great achievement. Read about it here.  
     Posted: 2022-05-16
  • Congratulations to Dr. Paul Sutter, who was just awarded the 2022 Corones Award. Paul is one of our physics alums (worked with Prof. Ricker) and a great science communicator. Read about it here.
     Posted: 2022-05-04
  • A team of Astronomers including Prof. French have discovered that post-starburst galaxies condense their gas rather than expelling it, begging the question: what’s actually keeping them from forming stars? Read more here: https://public.nrao.edu/news/post-starburst-galaxies-gas/ The results of this study are published in the...
     Posted: 2022-04-27
  • Illinois Prof. Looney was part of the team (led by alum John Tobin) that probed the youngest protostars in Orion at the highest resolution to date. They found that roughly 30% of all systems surveyed contained multiple stars, which shows that binary formation occurs hand in hand with the earliest stages of star formation. Binary separation peaks at two values, 100 au and 3000 au, which suggests...
     Posted: 2022-02-17
  • New affiliate Astronomy faculty Prof. Eggl and Astronomy Research Prof. Gruendl were invited to join the new International Astronomical Union Centre for the Protection of the Dark Sky from Satellite Constellation Interference. Read more here
     Posted: 2022-02-04
  • Prof. Leslie Looney discusses near Earth asteroids in Newsweek
     Posted: 2022-01-13
  • Congratulations to Prof. Brian Fields for being on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students in Fall 2021 for ASTR - Stellar Astrophysics!                            ...
     Posted: 2022-01-10
  •                       Congratulations to Astronomy major Signe Mason! She was awarded a $1,000 Astronomy merit scholarship due to a generous Astronomy donor.        ...
     Posted: 2022-01-07