The Harvard Crimson recently profiled one of the Astronomy Department's undergraduates, Eden Girma. Eden is pursuing a joint concentration in Mathematics and Astrophysics and is currently working on her Senior Thesis with Department Chair Avi Loeb.
Astronomy Undergraduates in Ay100 Observational Astronomy course over spring break went on a trip. They traveled to the Desert Museum, University of Arizona mirror lab to see telescope mirrors being made, and to Whipple observatory to observe on the 1.2-m and 1.5-m telescope collecting data for their class project.
Harvard undergraduate Charles Law '17 has been selected for the prestigious Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Scholarship Award.
The President and CEO of USRA, Jeffrey Isaacson, presented Law with the Frederick Tarantino Memorial Scholarship Award at a ceremony held November 2 during the USRA annual meeting located at Harvard this year. Also present at the ceremony was Dan Milisavljevic (SAO Postdoctoral Fellow who supervised Law as a PRISE fellow), Edo Berger (Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies), and Jonathan Grindlay (Professor and USRA representative)....
On April 2, twelve students of the advanced undergraduate lab course Astro191 along with Prof. John Kovac (course head), Prof. Josh Grindlay, Teaching Fellow Tyler St. Germaine, and other enthusiastic friends from the CfA community traveled to Holmdel, NJ to the Bell Labs facilities where radio astronomy was "discovered" by Karl Jansky in 1932 and where fossil radiation from the Big Bang, the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), was first detected in 1965. The visit was hosted by Nobel laureate Bob Wilson (now at the CfA) who described the history and...
Meet Moiya McTier, recipient of the 2016 Chambliss Student Achievement Award. This award is granted every year by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students. Moiya is currently a senior at Harvard University. She won this award for her work on determining exoplanet habitability using orbital eccentricity. She conducted this research last summer, when she was a member of the Harvard Banneker Institute. This work ties directly to...
August 24, 2015, a group of Harvard Astronomy students returned from the first annual undergraduate field trip to Hawaii. They spent six days on the Big Island, which included a visit to Volcanoes National Park and Punalu'u Beach (black sand beach), and then three nights on...
"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."
"Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life. But those gases come from simple life forms like microbes. What about advanced civilizations? Would they leave any detectable signs?"
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."... Read more about 2014 Hoopes Prize and Goldberg Prize Awarded to Astrononomy Undergraduates
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.... Read more about 2014 Undergraduate Thesis Presentations
Harvard Astronomy's Supernova Forensics group has teamed up with Astronomy 100 undergraduate students to unveil the nature of the peculiar SN2012au - a massive star that exploded some 75 million years ago. This energetic, slow-evolving and helium-rich explosion provides a golden link between the emerging class of "super-luminous" supernovae and other more seemingly normal supernovae that are far less bright.
Some observations of the supernova were obtained by two generations of Astro 100 students in 2012 and 2013 as part of the department's annual Spring Break trip to Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Arizona. Students were the first to classify the new supernova in 2012 with the FLWO 1.5m telescope within just hours of its discovery by the Catalina Sky Survey. A year later, the next group of students used the FLWO 1.2m telescope to show that SN2012au is still shining bright and thus evolving slowly. A paper led by postdoc, Dan Milisavljevic, has been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters with details on this unusual stellar explosion (link).
Each year undergraduate students enrolled in Astronomy 100 hone their practical astronomy knowledge by using the 48-inch and 60-inch telescopes at the Fred L. Whipple Observatory in Arizona. This unique week-long trip during Spring Break includes a visit to the University of Arizona Mirror Lab, 3 nights of hands-on observing, nightly pot-luck dinners cooked by the students and teaching staff, and most importantly, an intimate view of how observational astronomers explore the cosmos. The picture shows the 14 happy students who are currently participating in the observing trip along with Professor Edo Berger and Teaching Fellow Maria Drout (kneeling), with the dome of the 48-inch telescope in the background. The picture was taken by Allyson Bieryla, manager of the Astronomy Lab and Clay Telescope at Harvard.... Read more about Berger, Drout, and Bieryla lead the Astronomy 100 Observing Trip to the Fred L. Whipple Observatory in Arizona