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Meeting on GRB Cosmology held at KIAA-PKU

Wed, 2014-06-25The Meeting on GRB Cosmolgy under the 973 Project of GRBs and Relevant Physical Problems was held at KIAA-PKU on June 23-24, 2014.

The 6th National High School Astronomical Summer Camp will take place at KIAA-PKU from July 15-18, 2014.

Fri, 2014-06-20During July 15-18, 2014, the 6th High School Astronomical Summer Camp will take place at KIAA-PKU. This summer camp is jointly held by Peking University, Beijing Normal University, NAOC-CAS, and the Beijing Planetarium.

The 2014 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

Thu, 2014-05-29The 2014 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics has been awarded to Alan H. Guth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Andrei D. Linde, Stanford University, USA, and Alexei A. Starobinsky, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia.
Kavli Prize in Astrophysics 2014 Winners

Unique Pair of Supermassive Black Holes Discovered in an Ordinary Galaxy

Wed, 2014-04-23A pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another have been discovered by Prof. Fukun Liu of the Department of Astronomy and the KIAA, and his colleagues. This is the first time such a pair have been found in an ordinary galaxy.
Artist's impression of supermassive binary black hole

Executive Vice President of Science Programs at the Kavli Foundation visits KIAA

Mon, 2014-04-21Dr. Miyoung Chun, Executive Vice President of Science Programs at the Kavil Foundation, and Dr. Christopher Martin, Science Program Officer, visited the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University (KIAA-PKU) on April 17th-18th, 2014.

KIAA scientists unveil the radiation mechanism of gamma-ray bursts

Wed, 2014-04-09Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most violent explosions in the Universe since the Big Bang. Despite many years of observations and theoretical modeling, the exact mechanism that produces intense gamma-rays from these events is not identified.

New Associate Director of KIAA

Wed, 2014-03-12Professor Wu Xue-Bing, former Chairman of the Department of Astronomy at PKU and an expert on quasars and active galaxies, officially has been appointed as the new Associate Director of KIAA.
Xuebing Wu

KIAA to host "Quarks and Compact Stars" Workshop

Tue, 2014-03-04KIAA will host a workshop on Quarks and Compact Stars, October 22-24, 2014. This workshop will focus on understanding the nature of the strong interaction at low energy scales.

New Patterns in Planet Distributions

Mon, 2013-12-30Subo Dong (东苏勃) joined the faculty of KIAA in Fall 2013 through the 1000 Talents Program for young researchers (青年千人计划). One of his research interests is to robustly derive the distributions of extrasolar planets in order to find clues on how planet systems form and evolve.

Wind Braking of AXP/SGRs

Fri, 2013-12-27Anomalous X-ray pulsars (AXPs) and soft gamma-ray repeaters (SGRs) are believed to be magnetars: peculiar neutron stars powered by their super strong magnetic field. Unfortunately, none of the predictions of traditional magnetar models successfully explain their properties.