2014

Phil Sadler Awarded IPS Technology and Innovation Award

Phil Sadler Awarded IPS Technology and Innovation Award

August 19, 2014

Phil Sadler was honored this week at the International Planetarium Society meeting in Beijing China. He received the 2014 Technology and Innovation Award.The award is given to recognize an individual or institution, “…whose technology and/or innovations in the planetarium field have been, through the years, utilized or replicated by other members and/or planetariums.” In 1977, Sadler invented the Starlab portable planetarium while a middle school math and science teacher.

Earth 2.0: NPR Radio Interview

Earth 2.0: NPR Radio Interview

August 11, 2014

"With hundreds of Earth-like planets discovered over the past few years, it’s fair to say we’re on the verge of finding alien life. Two new programs at NASA hope to find and analyze thousands more of these exoplanets, as they’re called.  Scientists working on the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite (TESS) and the James Webb Space Telescope say there’s a very real chance of finding extraterrestrial life within the next two decades. So, if we’re about to meet our extraterrestrial neighbors, let’s get to work on some opening lines. What if we’re really not alone?

 2014 Shaw Prize in Astronomy

2014 Shaw Prize in Astronomy

May 27, 2014

Harvard Astronomy Professor, Daniel Eisenstein, along with Shaun Cole and John Peacock, to receive the 2014 Shaw prize in astronomy for their contributions to the measurements of features in the large-scale structure of galaxies used to constrain the cosmological model including baryon acoustic oscillations and redshift-space distortions.

2014 Hoopes Prize and Goldberg Prize Awarded to Astrononomy Undergraduates

May 8, 2014

Alexander Krolewski, has been awarded a Hoopes Prize for the project entitled "Measuring the luminosity and black hole mass dependence of quasar-galaxy clustering at z ~ 0.8."
Natania Wolansky, has been awarded a Hoopes Prize for the project entitled "Are You There Gas?  It's Me, Planet: The Effects of Gas on Growth of Gas Giant Cores through Planetesimal Accretion."

The Region of Ideas and Invention

The Region of Ideas and Invention

April 28, 2014
Harvard President, Drew Faust, dedicated her column in the Harvard Magazine this month to Astronomy due in large part to John Kovac's recent announcements concerning cosmic inflation.
Seniors in the Department who gave  their thesis presentations on April 7, 2014: (l-r) Caleb Canas, Diana Powell, Natania Wolanski, Adrian Arteaga, and Brian Claus.

2014 Undergraduate Thesis Presentations

April 8, 2014
The graduating Senior Concentrators in the Department presented their theses on April 7, 2014 in Phillips Auditorium.  Pictured below are: (left to right) Caleb Canas, Diana Powell, Natania Wolansky, Adrian Arteaga, and Brian Claus. 
Martin Elvis: Asteroids

Martin Elvis: Asteroids

April 1, 2014

Asteroids have great interest: not only do they preserve information about the earliest times in the pre-Solar nebula, and as a result contain unique minerals, they are also hazards to the Earth (see Chelyabinks) and are the easiest objects to reach with spacecraft. As targets for human exploration, scientific discovery, retrieval to Earth-Moon space and sources of abundant resources both for space and on Earth, asteroids are worth paying attention to. I investigate all aspects of near-Earth asteroids related to hazards, expeditions and especially resources, i.e. asteroid mining.

Pages