Prof. Soderberg participated in the 2015 BBC Stargazing Live television show at Jodrell Bank radio telescope (http://www.jodrellbank.net/) during the total solar eclipse in the UK on March 20. Together with Professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Brianin, she described the the life, death, and the "sound" of stellar explosions as compiled by the Harvard/CfA Supernova Forensics Team.
We are very sad to report that our colleague Alex Dalgarno passed away on April 9. Alex was an extraordinary scientist and teacher, who led for decades the application of atomic and molecular physics to astrophysics. He conceived of ITAMP, the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, and led it for many years. Read more about Alex Dalgarno
Physics World: An Italian bid to host the headquarters of the world’s largest radio telescope has been judged superior to a British proposal – yet it has failed to get the green light. Edwin Cartlidge reports:
Physics World: UK and Italy vie over telescope HQ (pdf)
"A song about the greatest astrophysics professor who ever lived: Edo Berger. After a trip to the Whipple Observatory in Mt. Hopkins AZ, the students in Astro 100 wanted to make a video about their experience there and, of course, about Edo."
A Science magazine issued a special issue in March, 2015 which was dedicated to the 100 years anniversary of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a project in which members of the Astronomy department are involved, is mentioned on the last two pages as the final frontier.Read more about The Dark Lab: Special Issue of Science features EHT
Grad student Elisabeth Newton has been chosen to participate in the Harvard Horizons 2015. This is a program of the GSAS that trains students in communications and media skills which culminates in an evening presentation by all 8 candidates in Sanders Theatre.
Astronomers, including Harvard's Courtney Dressing, announced on Tuesday that they had found eight new planets orbiting their stars at distances compatible with liquid water, bringing the total number of potentially habitable planets in the just-right “Goldilocks” zone to a dozen or two, depending on how the habitable zone of a star is defined.
Karin Öberg just won the prestigious Packard fellowship. Her citation reads: "Öberg is an astrochemist. She combines ice experiments and radio astronomy to explore the chemistry present during planet formation. This chemistry regulates the compositions and habitability of nascent planets, and is thus key to our understanding of the origins of life."
Yuan-Sen Ting, a graduate student in Harvard's Ph.D. program in Astronomy/Astrophysics, was honored with the presentation of the Perdana Scholar Award. It was presented by the Prime Minister of Malaysia at a ceremony in New York City on Friday, September 26 at which a number of Malaysian Senators and Ministers were also in attendance.