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Galactic Census Reveals Origin of Most "Extreme" Galaxies

Thu, 2020-09-24Astronomers have found that the key to understanding galaxies with "extreme" sizes, either small or large, may lie in their surroundings. In two related studies, an international team found that galaxies that are either "ultra-compact" or "ultra-diffuse" relat

Runaway Star Might Explain Black Hole's Disappearing Act

Thu, 2020-08-06"This new study is a great example of how flexibility in observation scheduling allows NASA and ESA missions to study objects that evolve relatively quickly and look for longer-term changes in their average behavior," said Michael Loewenstein, a coauthor of th

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

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

Thu, 2020-06-18In June 2020, a new Max Planck Partner Group is 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 who

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).

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

Wed, 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

Yingjie Peng Interviewed by the AAS Journals

Mon, 2020-05-04Yingjie Peng(彭影杰), Assistant Professor at KIAA, Peking University, was interviewed by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Journals.