News articles tagged with "astronomy"

06/27/2014 18:15:22
Cynthia Eller
In 1975, Kip Thorne (BS '62, and the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus) and then-Caltech postdoctoral fellow Anna Żytkow sought the answer to an intriguing question: Would it be possible to have a star that had a neutron star as its core—that is, a hot, dense star composed entirely of neutrons within another more traditional star? Nearly 40 years later, astronomers believe they may have found such an object: a star labeled HV 2112 and located in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that is a near neighbor of the Milky Way and visible to the naked eye. We recently sat down with Thorne to ask how it feels to have astronomers discover something whose existence he postulated decades before.
11/14/2013 09:07:09
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
"I work on a broad range of topics, but basically I like studying how big things form. I study how galaxies form, how stars form, and how supermassive black holes form. Recently, I started studying how planets form"
11/06/2013 09:04:45
Jessica Stoller-Conrad

Black holes—massive objects in space with gravitational forces so strong that not even light can escape them—come in a variety of sizes.

10/28/2013 13:43:46
Cynthia Eller
Caltech professor of physics Rana Adhikari has been on a singular quest for 15 years: to detect gravitational waves.
10/16/2013 09:08:09
Katie Neith
Astronomical surveys have been cataloguing the night sky since the beginning of the 20th century. The intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF)—led by Caltech—started searching the skies for certain types of stars and related phenomena in February. Two recent papers by iPTF astronomers describe first-time detections.
10/15/2013 10:18:33
Douglas Smith
Richard S. Ellis, the Steele Family Professor of Astronomy, is on the verge of seeing as far back as it is possible to see—not quite back to the dawn of time itself but to the dawn of the first galaxies. He describes the journey at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
09/12/2013 11:19:20

Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. The NASA spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.

07/29/2013 12:25:04
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Scientific authorities on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project announced on Friday that they have now signed a master agreement formalizing project goals and providing a governing framework for the international collaboration.
05/03/2013 09:54:20
Marcus Woo
According to a new analysis by astrophysicist Tony Piro at Caltech, just before a black hole forms, the dying star may generate a distinct burst of light that will allow astronomers to witness the birth of a new black hole for the first time.
05/02/2013 14:36:00
Kimm Fesenmaier
Based on their distinguished achievements in original research, three Caltech professors—Mike Brown, Ken Farley, and John Seinfeld—are among the newly elected members and foreign associates.
04/17/2013 10:03:57
Marcus Woo
A team of astronomers, which includes several from Caltech, has discovered a dust-filled, massive galaxy churning out stars when the cosmos was a mere 880 million years old—making it the earliest starburst galaxy ever observed.
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