Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

Spotlight on Astronomy

Recent Department news and announcements

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Fast radio bursts

January 12, 2018
An international group of astronomers has found that the Cornell-discovered fast radio burst FRB 121102 – a brief, gigantic pulse of radio waves from 3 billion light years away – passes through a veil of magnetized plasma. This causes the cosmic blasts to “shout and twist,” which will help the scientists determine the source.
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New Frontiers

December 21, 2017
NASA has selected two finalist concepts for a robotic mission planned to launch in the mid-2020s: a comet sample return mission, Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return (CAESAR), Principal Investigator: Steve Squyres.
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Breakthrough Prize

December 6, 2017
Rachel Bean, professor of astronomy and senior associate dean of undergraduate education for the College of Arts and Sciences, is among a team of 27 scientists who won a share of the $3 million 2018 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics Dec. 3.
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Clash of 'titan' galaxies

November 14, 2017
A pair of massive, hyper-luminous galaxies are merging in front of astronomer’s eyes for the first time and revealing secrets of cosmic creation.
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Area higher education

November 6, 2017
The fourth annual Town-Gown Resource Fair drew wide interest from around the community, including educators looking for potential field trip destinations and learning activities for their elementary or secondary school children; residents interested in new places to take visiting relatives; members of social and governmental agencies seeking partners for initiatives.
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A breakthrough telescope

October 24, 2017
Professor Martha Haynes discusses the CCAT-prime telescope project.
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Voyager - 40 Years of Discovery

October 11, 2017
Celebrate with us Voyager missions & humankind's message to space. Oct 19th 8pm, Baily Hall.
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Cassini mission ends

October 6, 2017
After 360 engine burns, 2.5 million executed commands, 635 gigabytes of gathered data, 162 moon flybys, 4.9 billion miles traveled and 3,948 published papers, NASA’s 20-year Cassini spacecraft ran the last lap of its historic scientific mission Sept. 15.
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Terzian honored

September 26, 2017
“Great scientist, teacher, leader and friend,” reads the plaque on the newly named Terzian Conference Room on the sixth floor of the Spaces Sciences Building, unveiled in a ceremony on Aug. 31.
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Cassini Spacecraft

September 15, 2017
"Cassini — the robotic spacecraft orbiting Saturn — will meet its end Friday when it enters the atmosphere of Saturn after a 13-year odyssey exploring the gas giant’s spectacular rings, atmosphere and moons."