Discovery of object with multiple stars offers an opportunity for insight into our own planet

Planets that are even a little like Earth are hard to find. That’s why when astronomers like Jennifer G. Winters come across a body that may be solid, rocky, and possibly have its own atmosphere, they get excited. And especially so in a case like this: For although it is statistically unlikely to host life

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 23, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  planets  fas  science  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  clea-simon  dwarf-planets  jennifer-winters

Harvard researchers battle the extreme at the South Pole

Harvard researchers describe life in the South Pole.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Sept. 11, 2019 ~28 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  amundsen-scott-south-pole-station  antarctica  bicep3-and-the-keck-array-telescopes  cosmic-microwave-background  denis-barkats  james-cornelison  kate-alexander  marion-dierickx  samuel-harrison  tyler-st-germaine

Harvard astronomer shows exoplanet has no atmosphere

Led by Laura Kreidberg, a Clay Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a new study shows that LHS 3844b, a terrestrial exoplanet orbiting a small sun 48.6 light-years away, has no detectable atmosphere

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Aug. 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  nature  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  stanford-university  laura-kreidberg  california-institute-of-technology  m-dwarfs  massachusetts-institute-of-technology  nasas-transiting-exoplanet-satellite-survey-tess  planet-lhs-3844b  university-of-maryland  university-of-texas-at-austin  vanderbilt-university

A trio of Harvard astronomers reflect on the impact of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, then and now

A trio of Harvard astronomers reflect on the impact of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, then and now.

Alvin Powell • harvard
July 18, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  alvin-powell  alyssa-goodman  50th-anniversary  apollo-11  dimitar-sasselov  irwin-shapiro  moon-landing  origins-of-life-initiative

Harvard Fellow searches for extraterrestrial life

Harvard astronomer Laura Kreidberg studies the atmospheres of extrasolar planets to search for signs of life.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 16, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  harvard-society-of-fellows  exomoon  extrasolar-planets  laura-kreidberg

Harvard scientists lead team revealing black hole

A years-long effort by dozens of researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reveals the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole.

Peter Reuell • harvard
April 10, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  astronomy  black-hole  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  cfa  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  accretion-disk  basic-science  doeleman  eht  einstein  event-horizon-telescope  general-relativity  gravity  image  sheperd-doeleman  smithsonian  telescopes  very-long-baseline-interferometry  virtual-telescope  vlbi

A virtual reality experience of being inside an exploded star

An astronomical team uses detailed data to create a virtual reality experience of being inside an exploded star.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Dec. 21, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  cfa  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  juan-siliezar  cassiopeia-a  elaine-jiang  kimberly-kowal-arcand

A virtual reality experience of being inside an exploded star

An astronomical team uses detailed data to create a virtual reality experience of being inside an exploded star.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Dec. 21, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  cfa  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  juan-siliezar  cassiopeia-a  elaine-jiang  kimberly-kowal-arcand

Harvard researchers see alien potential in mysterious object

A paper by Harvard researchers wonders whether the interstellar object known as “‘Oumuamua” is a visitor from an alien civilization.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Nov. 19, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  space  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  oumuamua  alien  asteroid  avi-loeb  cfa  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  interstellar-object  lightsail  solar-sail

Harvard researchers see alien potential in mysterious object

A paper by Harvard researchers wonders whether the interstellar object known as “‘Oumuamua” is a visitor from an alien civilization.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Nov. 19, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  space  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  oumuamua  alien  asteroid  avi-loeb  cfa  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  interstellar-object  lightsail  solar-sail

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