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Asteroid nears Earth: UD astronomer shares her insights

November 3, 2011 - The asteroid 2005 YU55 will hurtle past Earth on Tuesday, November 8. The University of Delaware’s Judi Provencal, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Delaware Asteroseismic Research Center (DARC), tells us more about this flying space rock.


Q. How big is this asteroid?

Is another Earth out there?

October 20, 2011 - In the search for another Earth, “the stage is only just coming into view” as new mega-telescopes come online, but there is plenty of room for amateurs with less sophisticated telescopes to help in the planet hunt, too, according to noted astronomer Greg Laughlin, who spoke at the University of Delaware on Wednesday, October 19.

Prof. Gizis to give popular lecture at UD Symposium on the 2011 Nobel Prizes

October 14, 2011 - To celebrate the achievements of all the Nobel Prize Laureates for 2011, the College of Arts and Sciences presents a two-day symposium of talks by prominent UD faculty who will discuss the research and careers of the newly minted Laureates. On October 28 sessions of the Symposium, Prof.

A starburst captured: UD students photograph exploding star in Pinwheel Galaxy

October 7, 2011 - In the Pinwheel Galaxy some 21 light years from Earth, a supernova beams brightly, out-shining its cosmic neighbors and causing a stir among starwatchers. Students in University of Delaware Prof. Judi Provencal’s Observational Astronomy class (PHYS 469) photographed the exploding star last week using the telescope at Mt. Cuba Astronomical Observatory in Greenville, Del., which has a lens spanning 24 inches in diameter.

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