Recent technical advances and observations have now demonstrated that the goal of making an image of a black hole is within reach. Using the technique of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), in which widely separated radio dishes are linked together to form an Earth-sized array, our group has succeeded in confirming event horizon scale structures in two super massive black holes: Sagittarius A*, the 4 million solar mass black hole at the center of the Milky Way (Nature, 455, 78, '08), and M87, a 6 billion solar mass black hole in the giant elliptical galaxy Virgo A (Science, 338,...
Picture to the right is Jennifer with Rita Fireman, wife of Edward Fireman during the Honors Ceremony on May 29, 2019. Pictured below are members of the Fireman family who annually attend the awarding of this fellowship, along with Irwin Shapiro (left) who was the Director of the Center for Astrophysics when the Fellowship was first instituted. Jennifer was advised by Karin Öberg.
Amir Siraj was awarded the Goldberg prize for best Junior thesis working with Avi Loeb as his advisor. Soley Hyman was awarded the Goldberg prize for best Senior thesis working with Belinda Wilkes. Not pictured is Mma Ikwut-Ukwa who also received a Goldberg prize for her junior thesis working with David Latham.
On Saturday, May 4th, these four Astronomy concentrators will perform on campus during the ARTS FIRST festival. See https://issuu.com/harvard_artsfirst/docs/arts_first_2019_guide_issuu for the full guide.
Detection and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres, with emphasis on developing new observational techniques to study the atmospheres of the Earth-like planets to be discovered by the NASA TESS mission.