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Work Shift for Admin Staff During Summer Vacation

Sun, 2020-07-05行政人员暑期值班表

PKU Astronomy will recruit 5 research assistants

Mon, 2020-06-29北大天文现招聘5名劳动合同制科研助理

Quasar Monster Black Hole Found in the Early Universe

Sat, 2020-06-27Astronomers have discovered the second most distant quasar ever found, using the international Gemini Observatory and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), Programs of NSF’s NOIRLab. It is also the first quasar to receive an indigenous Hawaiian name, Pōniuā’ena. The quasar contains a monster black hole, twice the mass of the black hole in the only other quasar found at the same epoch, challenging the current theories of supermassive black hole formation and growth in the early Universe.

A new Max Planck Partner Group is formed between KIAA and MPIfR

Thu, 2020-06-18In June 2020, a new Max Planck Partner Group in established, headed by Prof. Lijing Shao at KIAA.

KIAA post-doc Bhardwaj wins Gruber Fellowship 2020

Tue, 2020-06-09Dr. Anupam Bhardwaj was selected as one of the two 2020 recipients of the Gruber Fellowship, sponsored by The Gruber Foundation and the International Astronomical Union.

Feeling the drag

Tue, 2020-06-02Within a hierarchically evolving Universe, binary black holes (BBHs) are expected to form through galaxy mergers. How these BBHs merge is, however, still under debate. Xian Chen and collaborators show that Poynting–Robertson (PR) drag, a radiative process whose effects are observed in the interaction between the Sun and dust in our Solar System, is applicable to BBHs and can play an important role in shrinking their orbits sufficiently for them to merge.

2020 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

Fri, 2020-05-29The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics for 2020 to Andrew Fabian (University of Cambridge, UK).

Work Shift for Admin Staff at KIAA

Sun, 2020-05-10Monday: Shuo Zhang; Tuesday: Shuyan Liu; Wednesday: Jing Xie; Thursday: Lili Liu; Friday: Min Sun

Herczeg named Chair of the Science Advisory Committee for the Thirty Meter Telescope

Wed, 2020-05-06Wed, 2020-05-06Prof. Gregory Herczeg was named Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), one of three Extremely Large Telescopes planned for the next generation of optical/infrared telescopes.

Off the beaten path: a new framework for cold filament formation in galaxy clusters

Mon, 2020-05-04Mon, 2020-05-04Using state-of-the-art radiation-hydrodynamic simulations, KIAA postdoctoral fellow Dr. Yu Qiu and collaborators proposed a new framework for cold gas filament formation, shedding light on how cold gas exists immersed in the hot, X-ray-emitting plasma permeating galaxy clusters.