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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.

Real star power: Star packs big gamma-ray jolt

October 7, 2011 - In the Crab Nebula, in the constellation Taurus, a remnant of an exploded star has astrophysicists scratching their heads, reassessing their theories about gamma rays — the highest-energy form of light, generated by subatomic particles moving close to the speed of light.

Vernon Lecture: The search for exoplanets

September 6, 2011 - Could there be another Earth somewhere in the universe? Greg Laughlin is betting there is. So far, astronomers have found more than 500 planets outside our solar system, referred to as “exoplanets,” and Laughlin has been involved in dozens of the discoveries. The professor and chair of astronomy at the University of California Santa Cruz will talk about his planet quest at “The Search for Another Earth,” this year’s Harcourt C. “Ace” Vernon Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., at Clayton Hall.

Ultrahigh energy cosmic rays reviewed by Prof. Stanev

 September 12, 2011 - The latest issue of Reviews of Modern Physics (RMP) features an article by Prof. Stanev on Ultrahigh energy cosmic rays. An illustration from the article also appears on the front cover of RMP.