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The Gruber Cosmology Conference at Yale

The Gruber Cosmology Conference at Yale

The third annual Gruber Cosmology Conference took place at Yale on October 7th, honoring discoveries advancing our understanding of the universe. This year’s Gruber Prize recipients were Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Ronald Drever, the leading scientists on the LIGO

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Solid Evidence for Liquid Water on Dione

Solid Evidence for Liquid Water on Dione

Data gathered by NASA’s Cassini mission suggests that liquid water is present on Saturn’s Dione, researchers reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters in October 2016.

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Hidden Galaxies: Looking beyond the Milky Way

Hidden Galaxies: Looking beyond the Milky Way

Have you ever wondered about galaxies far, far away? If you have, then you are not alone.   An international team of scientists recently discovered hundreds of hidden, nearby galaxies while surveying the region behind the southern Milky Way. Using

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Undergraduate Profile: Kristo Ment ’17

Undergraduate Profile: Kristo Ment ’17

Yale junior Kristo Ment is making waves, literally. As we sat down for an interview, he drew the arc of a light wave with his right arm, coming at us from a hypothetical supernova—a celestial explosion. He stretched the wave

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Yalies Join NASA’s Flagship Astrophysics Mission, WFIRST

Yalies Join NASA’s Flagship Astrophysics Mission, WFIRST

Eight years after its inception, Yale professor of physics Charles Baltay and undergraduates Eleanor Woodward ’17, Nathaniel Barbour ’17 and Kristo Ment ’17 will play important roles in the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope NASA mission.

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Q&A: How Many Stars Are There in The Universe?

Q&A: How Many Stars Are There in The Universe?

Astronomers estimate that there are billions of stars in the universe, but are their numbers accurate? With increasingly sophisticated imaging technology, scientists are continuously improving their approximations.

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Star Wars: The return of improbable science

Star Wars: The return of improbable science

Star Wars: The Force Awakens captured the hearts of many; however, not all of its science-based action is plausible. Much of it would end in certain disaster, no matter what galaxy one calls home.

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Debunking Science: The Martian (2015)

Debunking Science: The Martian (2015)

How does science match up with the story of this critically-acclaimed sci-fi film?

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Black Hole with a Growth Problem

Black Hole with a Growth Problem

A supermassive black hole challenges the foundations of astrophysics, forcing astronomers to update the rule book of galaxy formation.

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How Stars Form: Collaborative research studies stars from their early days

How Stars Form: Collaborative research studies stars from their early days

The youngest star system ever observed has given astronomers an ideal opportunity to study star formation from the early days.

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