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The Summer Research Prize is Awarded!

Thanks to the generous support during the Husky Giving Day 2022 campaign, the Summer Research Prize is awarded to four students who are paired with DiRAC Institute faculty mentors to work on problems related to data-intensive astrophysics during Summer 2022.


The time-lapse telescope that will transform our view of the universe

September 2, 2022 | New Scientist

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory will scan the whole southern sky every three nights. From short-lived supernovae to alien megastructures, here are some of the fleeting cosmic phenomena it could capture

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NASA’s new telescope shows star death, dancing galaxies

July 14, 2022 | King5

King5 talks with Thomas Quinn, UW Astronomy, about James Webb Space Telescope’s new images released on July 12th by NASA.

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How ‘Big Data’ could help SETI researchers intensify the search for alien civilizations

June 23, 2022 | GeekWire, Alan Boyle

University of Washington astronomer James Davenport and his colleagues lay out the plan in a research paper submitted to the arXiv pre-print server this month. The idea is also the subject of a talk that Davenport’s giving this week at the Breakthrough Discuss conference in California.

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Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them.

May 31, 2022 | New York Times

The discovery of 104 asteroids by the Asteroid Institute, using the THOR algorithm running on our Asteroid Discovery Analysis and Mapping (ADAM) cloud-based astrodynamics platform!

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