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

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.

Gas being stripped from a giant star to form an accretion disc around a compact companion (such as a white dwarf star).
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‘Underappreciated’ Stars Lay a Claim to Our Cosmic Ancestry

Posted June 1, 2020

“The catastrophic ends of some stars are the origins of many life-sustaining elements, such as carbon, oxygen, and the iron in our blood,” said University of Minnesota researcher Chick Woodward.

Left: graph showing a recent spike in activity on Zooniverse. Right: Lucy Fortson
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Zooniverse Experiences Quarantine Surge

Posted May 26, 2020

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Lucy Fortson says that all the increased activity on Zooniverse research problems means that they are getting completed more quickly than expected.

Cynthia Cattell
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Cattell named CSE Distinguished Professor

Posted May 8, 2020

Cynthia Cattell has been named as a College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Distinguished Professor.

Lucy Fortson
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Fortson to receive Taylor Award

Posted April 28, 2020

Professor Lucy Fortson of the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics will receive a 2020 George W. Taylor Award from the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Members of the BICEP collaboration in front of the new BICEP Array Telescope at the South Pole.
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BICEP array installed at South Pole

Posted February 18, 2020

Professor Clem Pryke and his group are on their way back to Minnesota from the South Pole in Antarctica after completing installation of the new BICEP Array Telescope.

The solar wind surrounding the Sun.
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Sun-bombing Spacecraft Uncovers Secrets of the Solar Wind

Posted December 4, 2019

NASA's sun-skimming Parker Solar Probe uncovers secrets of the solar wind. Congrats to the UMN MIfA FIELDS team: Keith Goetz, Cindy Cattell, John Wygant, Paul Kellog, Steve Monson, Jason Hinze, Josh Lynch.

Vuk Mandic
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New Traineeship will Train Researchers at the Intersection of Astrophysics and Data Science

Posted November 20, 2019

Vuk Mandic is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship designed to train graduate students in data science.

Patrick Kelly
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Kelly Receives Grants to Study Extremely Magnified Stars

Posted November 12, 2019

Kelly's group hopes to learn about stars and potentially dark matter in the form of black holes in the foreground cluster.

Kyle Houser and Jenna Burgett with a model of their cube satellite SOCRATES.
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First University of Minnesota-built Small Satellite Launches

Posted November 1, 2019

When launched, SOCRATES will be the first small satellite built by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to go into space.