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Shep Doeleman: Imaging Black Holes with The Event Horizon Telescope

Shep Doeleman: Imaging Black Holes with The Event Horizon Telescope

July 15, 2019

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,...

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Rita Fireman with Jennifer Bergman

Jennifer Bergner is awarded the Edward J. Fireman Fellowship for best graduate dissertation in her work as an astrochemist observer and experimentalist.

May 29, 2019

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.

 

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Arts First

Four of our concentrators participating in ARTS FIRST Creativity Festival on campus on May 4. See schedule inside.

April 30, 2019

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.

  • Gennie Weiler ’21, Harvard Callbacks (5/4 Yard Stage 1:40-2pm)
  • Grant Meiners ’22, Harvard Krokodiloes (5/4 Yard Stage 2:40-3pm)
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Black and white photo of an asteroid ‘Oumuamua, rock floating in space

How to Search for Dead Cosmic Civilizations If they’re short-lived, we might be able to detect the relics and artifacts they left behind

October 1, 2018

"The rate of growth of new technologies is often proportional to past knowledge, leading to an exponential advance over time. This explosive process implies that very quickly after a civilization reaches technological maturity, it will develop the means for its own destruction through climate change, for example, or nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. Developments of this type, over mere hundreds of years, would appear abrupt in the cosmic perspective of billions of years. If such self-destruction is common, this could explain Fermi’s paradox, which asks “where is everybody?”—and...

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Seven Astronomy graduate students recognized by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning for excellence in teaching in Spring term 2018. 

September 24, 2018
This number is unprecedented and speaks highly of the skills and commitment of our Teaching Fellows. Congratulations!
 
 
Astronomy

ASTRON 100 Gomez, Sebastian
ASTRON 130 Speagle, Joshua
ASTRON 16 Alam, Munazza
ASTRON 16 Christian, Pierre
ASTRON 16...

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Two hands with a Cats Cradle string with images of crows

The Fate of Free Will: When Science Crosses Swords with Philosophy: In some domains the two knowledge systems are complementary, but in others they might be headed for conflict

September 17, 2018

Avi Loeb's latest Scientific American blog, "Scientific discoveries substantiate our awe when faced with the richness and universality of the laws of nature. But science falls short of explaining this natural order and why it exists in the first place."

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