Astronomy


Harvard Researchers Confirm First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Habitable Zone

Researchers at Harvard, MIT, and other institutions used a new telescope to confirm the existence of the first Earth-sized planet outside our solar system in a habitable zone, a step toward understanding how life formed on Earth and could form in other solar systems.


Harvard Scientists Reconsider the Possibility of Life on Venus

Researchers at Harvard, the Paris Observatory, and MIT, among other institutions, have found that Venus’s atmosphere may not contain phosphine gas, a possible indicator of life, contradicting the results of a study published last month.


Harvard Visualization Scientist Helps Translate Space Images Into Music

A scientist from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the SYSTEM Sounds team created a new technique that turns cosmic images into music.


Center for Astrophysics Collaborates to Study Star’s Spaghettification: Death By Black Hole

Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics collaborated to publish a paper on a star’s spaghettification, the process in which a star is ripped apart by a black hole, last Monday.


Graphic Novel Creators Talk Power of Science Comics at Center for Astrophysics Observatory Night

Writer Jim Ottaviani and writer and illustrator Maris Wicks spoke about how science comics can be a powerful tool for storytelling at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics’s final 2020 Observatory Night on Thursday.


Astronomers Preview Giant Magellan Telescope, Discuss Extraterrestrial Life at DRCLAS Event

Astronomers from across the globe previewed the Giant Magellan Telescope, which is currently under construction at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Wednesday evening.


Earth-Skimming Meteor May Have Brought Life to Venus, Harvard Researchers Say

Meteors that grazed Earth’s atmosphere could have brought microbial life from Earth to Venus, Harvard professor Avi Loeb and student Amir Siraj '22 hypothesized in a new study.


Harvard Researchers Discover Wobbling Shadow of Supermassive Black Hole

Harvard astrophysicists have discovered that the crescent-like shadow of the Messier 87 (M87*) black hole appears to be wobbling.


Harvard Astronomy Chair Nominated for President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Harvard Astronomy department chair Abraham Loeb was nominated to be a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on Monday.


Harvard, Vanderbilt Scientists Find “Stellar Budget” for Colliding Stars

Scientists at Harvard and Vanderbilt University released a study showing that only a fraction of stars eventually collide as black holes on Friday.


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.


Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where researchers worked to produced the first ever picture of a black hole.


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.


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