Dr. Carr took home the grand prize in the physical sciences division
Posted May 5, 2023
Dr. Carr took home the grand prize in the physical sciences division - a travel stipend worth up to $2000.
The (Brief) Diary of a Supernova
Posted April 14, 2023
Recently the James Webb Space Telescope captured, in a single image, three separate moments during the death of a star nine billion years ago. Here’s how to view it
Researchers discover tiny galaxy with big star power using James Webb telescope
Posted April 13, 2023
Galaxy is the smallest ever discovered at this distance—around 500 million years after the Big Bang
MIfA Researchers are Early JWST Users
Posted March 24, 2023
MIfA Faculty, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Graduate Students have been busy analyzing JWST observations.
Student-planned NuSTAR observation reveals hidden light shows on the Sun
Posted March 16, 2023
Students at the School played a key role in planning a NuSTAR solar observation which could help shed light on one of the Sun’s biggest mysteries. UMN physics grad students Marianne Peterson and Reed Masek, as well as recent physics Ph.D. recipient Jessie Duncan, under the guidance of Associate Professor Lindsay Glesener, of the School of Physics and Astronomy, all worked on a successful proposal to NASA to use the NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array)--typically used to view bodies outside the solar system such as massive black holes and collapsed stars-- to observe the Sun. The group is also actively analyzing the data obtained from the observations.
Kelly Receives Borja Award
Posted February 21, 2023
Assistant Professor Patrick Kelly of the School of Physics and Astronomy has received the Guillermo E. Borja Award from the College of Science and Engineering.
Computer Picks a Mysterious Radio Object
Posted January 11, 2023
A team co-led by MIfA Professor Emeritus Lawrence Rudnick tapped a computer algorithm to search for unusual objects in the radio sky. One of its choices is this mysterious object, given the moniker SAURON, likely the result of a massive explosion in a distant galaxy, and, tantalizingly, perhaps the merger of a pair of super-massive black holes.
Kelly leads study of Red-supergiant supernova images
Posted November 16, 2022
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Professor Patrick Kelly led a team that has measured the size of a star dating back more than 11 billion years ago using images that show the evolution of the star exploding and cooling. The research could help scientists learn more about the early Universe.
Kelly receives $1 million grant to build superfast ‘TURBO’ telescopes
Posted October 6, 2022
A team led by Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Assistant Professor, Patrick Kelly, is constructing two sets of telescopes that will open a new window into the collisions of neutron stars and black holes.
Ringleader: New Faculty Member is Expert in Planetary Physics
Posted August 9, 2022
This fall, the School of Physics and Astronomy will welcome Ali Sulaiman to the space physics group.