Mark Vogelsberger wins 2020 Buchalter Cosmology Prize for simulating a “fuzzy” universe

Associate professor of physics shares the honor with colleague Phillip Mocz for their novel dark matter research.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

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Most distant quasar’s black hole has the mass of 1.6B suns

The newly found quasar, the most distant ever discovered, hosts a supermassive black hole equivalent to the combined mass of 1.6 billion suns.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~13 min

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Galaxies eject gas when they merge, preventing new stars forming – new research

These results might lead us to revise our understanding of how galaxies stop forming their stars.

Annagrazia Puglisi, Post Doc Research Associate in the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, Durham University • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~5 min

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Where did this galaxy’s supermassive black hole go?

Researchers have been on the hunt for a missing supermassive black hole that should be in the central galaxy of cluster Abell 2261, but isn't.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~10 min

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Gaia: scientists take a step closer to revealing origins of our galaxy

An international team of astronomers, led by the University of Cambridge, announced the most detailed ever catalogue of the stars in a huge swathe of our Milky

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 3, 2020 ~4 min

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Most isolated massive stars are ‘runaways’

The vast majority of field massive stars are "runaways," or stars ejected from clusters, new research finds.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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Dark matter: our method for catching ghostly haloes could help unveil what it's made of

A new method suggests we should aim to detect dark matter haloes by tracing galactic gas.

Andreea Font, Astrophysicist, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Galaxy simulations shed light on Milky Way’s origins

New galaxy simulations could help reveal the origins of the Milky Way and provide clues in the decades-long search for dark matter, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Age of the universe? Team says 12.6 billion years

Scientists tweaked a 90-year-old computational model to come up with a new age for the universe. The result? 12.6 billion years old.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

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Dark energy: map gives clue about what it is – but deepens dispute about the cosmic expansion rate

Dark energy is probably a sea of constant energy in empty space itself, according to new research.

Julian Bautista, Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

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