Astronomy


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.


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.


Astrophysicists Develop New Universe Simulation

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


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.


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