We've just published the 2015 edition of our annual CWRU Astronomy newsletter. You can read about Professor Zehavi's work on galaxy clustering, get recent updates from ongoing faculty projects studying the Milky Way's halo and galaxies in the Virgo Cluster, hear about what our students and alumni are up to, and lots more! Download a copy and start reading today.
In a new paper published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, an international team of astronomers led by CWRU Astronomy professor Chris Mihos report the discovery of three "ultra-diffuse galaxies" in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. These galaxies are the most diffuse galaxies discovered -- as large as our own Milky Way galaxy, but hundreds of times fainter. One of the ultra-diffuse galaxies is in the process of being tidally shredded by the strong gravitational forces at work in the dense cluster of galaxies, tearing it apart and leaving its nucleus behind to become a new "ultra-compact dwarf." Their discovery...
CWRU Astronomy is very pleased to announce the upcoming schedule of our public lecture series "The Frontiers of Astronomy," co-sponsored by the CWRU Department of Astronomy, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Astronomical Society. The lecture series is also generously supported by the Arthur S. Holden, Sr. Endowment.
The lectures are held at 8pm at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and are free and open to the public. The lineup for this coming year ranges from nearby stars in our Milky Way galaxy to distant galaxies in the early universe, and includes a celebration of the...
In July 2015, undergraduate student Elizabeth Tarantino and graduate student Ashley Shukayr had the opportunity to attend the 8th NAIC/NRAO Single-Dish and Interferometry school in Green Bank, West Virginia.
The aim of the NRAO Summer schools is to teach young astronomers about the details of observing in radio astronomy. The first seven days of the school were on single-dish radio astronomy while the next three focused on interferometry. During the day, we attended an intensive series of lectures given by experts in radio astronomy, ranging from signal processing, continuum and spectral line observations, and receiver technology. In the evenings, we...