News

Illustration of James Webb Space Telescope
Awards

MIfA faculty awarded General Observer (GO) time on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

Posted April 2, 2021

Several MIfA faculty members were awarded GO time on JWST for one or more of their research projects.

Comet Catalina
Research

Comet Catalina suggests comets delivered carbon to rocky planets

Posted March 6, 2021

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Chick Woodward lead a study that gives new insight on the source of carbon on planets like Earth and Mars during the early formation of the solar system.

 Multi-color HST/WFPC2 image of VY CMa,  Astronomical Journal, 121, 1111, 2001
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The Red Hypergiant VY CMa --- Betelgeuse on Steroids

Posted February 26, 2021

Professor Emerita Roberta Humphreys of the School of Physics and Astronomy led a study with the Hubble Space Telescope to explain the origin of numerous high mass-loss ejections from a very massive star.

Messier 92
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NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Show Us More Stars at Higher Resolution

Posted February 22, 2021

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor and MIfA director Evan Skillman is playing a role in NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope's Early Release Program.

Zooniverse Fat Checker
Research

Zooniverse launches Fat Checker project to investigate lipid droplets within cells

Posted February 18, 2021

Lucy Fortson, Zooniverse co-founder, Professor and Associate Head of the of the School of Physics and Astronomy says the project will help scientists make headway in big data problems in biology.

The XMM-Newton space telescope, shown in an artistic rendering, that detected the X-ray emission from nearby neutron stars.
Research

Excess x-rays from neutron stars could lead to discovery of new particle

Posted January 12, 2021

A team of scientists has found that mysterious x-rays detected from nearby neutron stars may be the first evidence of axions, hypothetical particles that many physicists believe make up dark matter.

Cecil J. Waddington
Research

Remembering Cecil “Jake” Waddington, 1929-2020

Posted October 21, 2020

Emeritus Professor Jake Waddington of the School of Physics and Astronomy passed away on October 1, 2020. He was 91 years old.

Bob Pepin (man with gray hair and mustache standing in front of trees)
Awards

AGU Honors Pepin’s Distinguished Career in Planetary Science

Posted October 1, 2020

Professor Emeritus Robert Pepin of the School of Physics and Astronomy will receive the 2020 Fred Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Lucy Fortson
Awards

Fortson Named APS Fellow

Posted October 1, 2020

Lucy Fortson, Professor and Associate Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Artist conception of supermassive black hole and its surrounding disc of gas
Research

Black hole collision may have exploded with light

Posted June 25, 2020

Possible light flare observed from small black holes within the disk of a massive black hole.