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Recent News

January 26, 2016

New Milli-second Pulsars Discoverd from Fermi Gamma Ray Sources

UVA graduate student Thankful Cromartie's pulsar research was featured in a recent Phys.org article. She used the Arecibo radio telescope to observe unidentified gamma-ray sources in the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope source catalog and discovered six new pulsars! Check out the article here!

January 13, 2016

Green Pea Galaxy Provides Insights to Early Universe Evolution

Newly formed dwarf galaxies were likely the reason that the universe heated up about 13 billion years ago, according to new work by an international team of scientists that included University of Virginia astronomer Trinh Thuan. The finding opens an avenue for better understanding the early period of the universe’s 14 billion year history. - See more at the UVA Today article.

January 8, 2016

The First Global Age Map of the Milky Way Galaxy

Astronomers have measured the age of 70,000 stars across the Milky Way using the University of Virginia led APOGEE instrument and put the results into a galactic map. See this BBC article for more details.

December 13, 2015

Dark Skies, Bright Kids receives Packard Foundation Award

The UVA Astronomy outreach program Dark Skies Bright Kids has been given a generous grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for the next three years to run week long summer astronomy programs designed at reaching more rural communities in southern Virginia.