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Astronomy

Avi Loeb
Astronomy

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.

Astronomy Center
Astronomy

Astronomy Center

The Astronomy Center is home to Professor Avi Loeb, who is conducting research on the interstellar objects in search of alien life.

Astronomy Building
Research

Harvard Undergrad, Professor Identify First Interstellar Meteor, Say It Could Support Theories of Life in Other Solar Systems

Astronomy Department Chair and Professor Avi Loeb teamed up with an undergraduate to identify the first interstellar meteor ever reported in our solar system.

Astronomy Department
Research

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.

Astronomy Department
FAS

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.

Or Graur: CRLS
Science

Or Graur: CRLS

Or Graur is an Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow and the Director of the Harvard Science Research Mentoring Program.

Galactic Panspermia Authors
Science

New Harvard Study ‘Galactic Panspermia’ Posits Transfer of Life Between Planets

Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics recently released a study about an astronomical theory called panspermia.

Loomis Observatory
College

Undergrads Spearhead Repairs to Loomis-Michael Observatory Telescope

The changes are minor, but long overdue, according to Student Astronomers at Harvard-Radcliffe President Rodrigo E. Cordova ’19.

Avi Loeb
Science

Breakthrough Starshot Initiative Aims to Discover Life in Other Solar Systems

Loeb said in an interview Monday that one of Breakthrough Starshot’s greatest challenges is designing a lightweight spacecraft that can travel at a fifth of the speed of light.

Research

Harvard, MIT, and Cambridge Researchers Refine Origin of Life Hypothesis

Researchers from Harvard, MIT, and the University of Cambridge have found that sulfur compounds in the early earth’s atmosphere may have contributed to the origins of life.

Astrophysics Center
FAS

Astrophysicists Develop New Universe Simulation

Scientists at Harvard and five other institutions around the world have developed a new computer simulation of the universe.

Astronomy Colloquium
Academics

Astronomers Discuss Black Holes, Cosmic Radiation at Luncheon

About a hundred astronomers and visiting scholars gathered at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to hear a presentation on astronomy's latest advancements.

Avi Loeb
Astronomy

Avi Loeb

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

Avi Loeb
Astronomy

Breakthrough Starshot

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

Epsilon Aurigae Star System
Science

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.

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