February

Public Talk: 50 year anniversary for the discovery of the cosmic microwave background

Public Talk: 50 year anniversary for the discovery of the cosmic microwave background

February 24, 2014
Thursday February 18, 2014 there were four short presentations celebrating the 50 years anniversary for the discovery of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) as evidence for the Big Bang. The event took place at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and featured Alan Guth (inflation), Bob Wilson (co-discoverer of the CMB), Bob Kirshner (cosmic acceleration), and Avi Loeb (future of the universe).
Faculty members Bob Kirshner and Avi Loeb participate in simulcast event Thursday, Feb 20 celebrating the Big Bang theory

Faculty members Bob Kirshner and Avi Loeb participate in simulcast event Thursday, Feb 20 celebrating the Big Bang theory

February 20, 2014

Watch an online webcast of an Harvard-Smithsonian Observatory Night event tonight (Thursday, February 20, 2014) at 7:30PM celebrating "50 Years After the Discovery of the Big Bang", featuring four 20 minute presentations by Alan Guth, Bob Wilson, Bob Kirshner, and Avi Loeb.

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Karin Öberg Selected as 2014 Sloan Fellow

Karin Öberg Selected as 2014 Sloan Fellow

February 18, 2014

Karin Oberg won the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for 2014. Also among the recipients are the former students of our department, Ryan Hickox and Phil Hopkins, and the former ITC postdoc, Dan Fabrycky.

"The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field."

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It’s Snack Time in the Cosmos

It’s Snack Time in the Cosmos

February 18, 2014

"Black holes, the ultradense collapsed objects predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, are often depicted as voracious feeders whose extraordinary gravity acts like a one-way membrane: Everything is sucked in, even light, and virtually nothing leaks out.

Now, for the first time, astronomers may have a chance to watch as a giant black hole consumes a cosmic snack.

In March or April, a gas cloud that...

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