Stormy cluster weather could unleash black hole power and explain lack of cosmic cooling

“Weather” in clusters of galaxies may explain a longstanding puzzle, according to a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge. 

Cambridge University News | Oct. 21, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: astronomy space black-hole galaxy

Women in STEM: Verity Allan

Verity Allan is a graduate of Cambridge, Oxford, and The Open University. She is a PhD candidate at the Cavendish Laboratory and works as a project manager and programmer on the software for the Square Kilometre Array, the world's largest radio telescope.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 29, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: women-in-stem women-in-stemm physics astrophysics space

Graphene goes to space

Partners in the European Commission’s Graphene Flagship, including the University of Cambridge, launched a rocket this week to test graphene – a two-dimensional form of carbon – for potential applications in space.

Cambridge University News | June 25, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: graphene space advanced-materials spotlight-on-advanced-materials engineering

‘Forbidden’ planet found wandering ‘Neptunian Desert’

An international group of astronomers has identified a rogue planet orbiting its star in the so-called Neptunian Desert.

Cambridge University News | May 29, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: astrophysics astronomy space exoplanets

Design work on ‘brain’ of world’s largest radio telescope completed

An international group of scientists led by the University of Cambridge has finished designing the ‘brain’ of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope. When complete, the SKA will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky much faster than any system currently in existence.

Cambridge University News | May 9, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: astronomy telescope astrophysics physics space high-performance-computing supercomputer

Variations in the ‘fogginess’ of the universe identify a milestone in cosmic history

Large differences in the ‘fogginess’ of the early universe were caused by islands of cold gas left behind when the universe heated up after the big bang, according to an international team of astronomers.

Cambridge University News | April 16, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: astronomy space universe big-bang

Gaia spots a ‘ghost’ galaxy next door

The Gaia satellite has spotted an enormous ‘ghost’ galaxy lurking on the outskirts of the Milky Way. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 13, 2018 | cambridge
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Tags: space gaia galaxy

Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form

Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first time that so many massive planets have been detected in such a young system. 

Cathie Clarke | Oct. 15, 2018 | cambridge
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Tags: astronomy exoplanets space star

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