Astronomy


Harvard Scientists Find Wave of Stellar Nurseries in Milky Way

Astronomers at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study have discovered a massive wave of stellar nurseries located near the sun through research incorporating data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission.


Harvard Astrophysicists Help Develop Galaxy-Mapping Telescope

Harvard researchers are among those from 13 countries who have designed the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, a telescope that will soon map the locations of galaxies across the universe and explore dark energy.


Avi Loeb

Professor Avi Loeb, the director of Harvard's Department of Astronomy, poses for a portrait on the roof of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.


Harvard Astronomers Help Capture First-Ever Image of Black Hole

A research group led by a Harvard scientist unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole Wednesday morning, drawing praise from both the scientific community and the general public.


Following 2017 Controversy Over Origins of the Universe, New Paper Offers Test for Cosmic Inflation

Harvard astronomers have identified a cosmic signature that might help scientists understand what happened before the Big Bang. The paper provides a possible test to determine what happened before the Big Bang, a question that has long puzzled physicists and astronomers alike.


Avi Loeb

Professor Avi Loeb, chair of the Astronomy Department at Harvard, founded the Black Hole Initiative.


Breakthrough Starshot

I warn him that I study history, but he is encouraging. “Well, history begins with the big bang.”


Digitizing the Sky

In the 1880s, Edward Charles Pickering, a stout Harvard astronomer whose deeply angled eyebrows recall an angry cartoon character, took on a new project: photographing the entire sky.


Astronomy Enthusiasts Over The Moon After Exoplanet Discovery

​Harvard astronomy scholars and enthusiasts say they are thrilled at the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star Trappist-1.


Astrophysics Center

One of the telescope domes at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at 60 Garden Street in Cambridge.


Explosions Could Provide Clues About First Stars, Fellow Says

A set of explosions that happened thousands of years ago could provide clues about the formation of the earliest stars, according to Robert A. Simcoe, a research fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


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