Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2002-05-29 07:00
A rare type of ammonia that includes three atoms of deuterium has been found in a molecular cloud about 1,000 light-years from Earth. The comparative ease of detecting the molecules means there are more of them than previously thought.
In a study appearing in the May 20 issue of the Astrophysical Journal Letters, an international team of astronomers reports on the contents of a molecular cloud in the direction of the constellation Perseus. The observations were done with the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2002-05-23 07:00
Cosmologists from the California Institute of Technology using a special instrument high in the Chilean Andes have uncovered the finest detail seen so far in the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB), which originates from the era just 300,000 years after the Big Bang.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2002-05-16 07:00
In two papers appearing in an upcoming issue of the Astrophysical Journal, an international team of astrophysicists led by Shri Kulkarni of the California Institute of Technology reveals that new data show that supernovae are the source of gamma-ray bursts.
The new information was obtained from a gamma-ray burst that was detected in November and studied by the Hubble Space Telescope, the Australia Telescope Compact Array, the Anglo-Australian Telescope, and optical telescopes in Chile.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2002-04-11 07:00
About one in six of all near-Earth asteroids are binaries – in other words, two bodies that travel in close companionship as they orbit the sun.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2002-02-07 08:00
A team of applied physicists at the California Institute of Technology have demonstrated an ultrasmall Raman laser that is 1,000 times more efficient than previous devices.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2001-11-07 08:00
Astrophysicists have combined the Palomar Mountain 200-inch Hale Telescope with the abilities of a new NASA satellite to detect and characterize a gamma-ray burst lying at a distance of only 5 billion light-years from Earth. This is the closest gamma-ray burst ever studied by optical telescopes.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2001-11-06 08:00
For his pioneering work in superstring theory, John Schwarz, the Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics, has been awarded the 2002 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2001-10-05 07:00
Exploiting a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, an international team of astrophysicists has detected a very small, faint stellar system in the process of its formation during the first half billion years or so of the universe's existence.
The discovery is being reported in the October 20 issue of the Astrophysical Journal.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2001-08-06 07:00
Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology announced today the discovery of the long-sought "Cosmic Renaissance," the epoch when young galaxies and quasars in the early universe first broke out of the "Dark Ages" that followed the Big Bang.
"It is very exciting," said Caltech astronomy professor S. George Djorgovski, who led the team that made the discovery. "This was one of the key stages in the history of the universe."
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2001-06-04 07:00
A team of scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the State University of New York at Stony Brook has found strong evidence that high-luminosity quasar activity in galaxy nuclei is linked to the presence of abundant interstellar gas and high rates of star formation.
In a presentation at the summer meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Caltech astronomy professor Nick Scoville and his colleagues reported today that the most luminous nearby optical quasar galaxies have massive reservoirs of interstellar gas much like the so-called ultraluminous infrared galaxies (or UL