Lava oceans may not explain the brightness of some hot super-Earths

By making their own lava and cooled glass, scientists find these materials likely aren’t responsible for the unexpected glow of some exoplanets.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 4, 2020 ~8 min

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Robert Simcoe named director of MIT Kavli Institute

An expert in instrumentation and early universe observations, Simcoe succeeds Jacqueline Hewitt as head of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.

School of Science • mit
Jan. 10, 2019 ~3 min

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Revolutionary radio telescope detects bevy of fast radio bursts

Researchers use CHIME telescope to detect fast radio bursts at low frequencies and a second repeating burst.

School of Science • mit
Jan. 9, 2019 ~7 min

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Terahertz laser for sensing and imaging outperforms its predecessors

High-power, tunable design could be used for chemical detection in outer space, medical imaging, more.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 10, 2018 ~8 min

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LIGO and Virgo announce four new gravitational-wave detections

The observatories are also releasing their first catalog of gravitational-wave events.

MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 3, 2018 ~9 min

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Researchers trace Mercury’s origins to rare meteorite | MIT News

Experiments show planet cooled dramatically in half a billion years.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 27, 2016 ~8 min

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For second time, LIGO detects gravitational waves | MIT News

Signal was produced by two black holes colliding 1.4 billion light years away.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 15, 2016 ~8 min

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Apollo 13 commander James Lovell: “Crises don’t bother me anymore” | MIT News

Astronaut’s visit to MIT draws capacity crowd as he recounts lunar mission’s “successful failure.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 28, 2016 ~8 min

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Paul O’Gorman: Extreme storm modeler | MIT News

Atmospheric scientist tracks climate change’s effects on extreme storms.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 24, 2015 ~7 min

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Q&A: Catching Pluto’s shadow | MIT News

MIT scientists assist as a NASA mission chases Pluto’s shadow to catch details of its atmosphere.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 7, 2015 ~7 min

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