Scientists find elusive gas from post-starburst galaxies hiding in plain sight

April 29, 2022 | UW News

Scientists once thought that post-starburst galaxies scattered all of their gas and dust — the fuel required for creating new stars — in violent bursts of energy, and with extraordinary speed. Now, a team led by University of Washington postdoctoral researcher Adam Smercina reports that these galaxies don’t scatter all of their star-forming fuel after all.

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Seattle Science Slam

April 28, 2022 | DiRAC NEWS

After a 2 year hiatus, we’re back, and will be resuming our monthly events through fall. Next event is on May 11th at 8pm. Seattle Science Slam is a free event featuring three engaging and accessible presentations from scientists. The audience’s applause decides who wins. This month we have an astrophysics talk on the fate […]

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Astronomy on Tap Tonight

April 27, 2022 |

Astronomy on Tap returns to Bad Jimmy’s tonight at 8pm! Come out and support Astronomy department members Azalee Bostroem and Megan Gialluca as they tell us about supernovas and aliens! The event is outdoors and the patio is covered and heated, but if you can’t make it in person you can also participate from the comfort of […]

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New Summer Research Prize for UW Students

April 26, 2022 | DiRAC NEWS

We are pleased to officially announce our new Summer Research Prize for UW undergrads! This program will award $3500 to UW undergrads working on summer projects w/ researchers in the DiRAC Institute (note: we especially welcome projects w/ collaborative mentors across the department!).  Thanks to the generous support from the community during Husky Giving Day, we […]

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Heavens need environmental protection just like Earth, experts say

April 22, 2022 | UW NEWS

Space urgently needs special legal protection similar to that given to land, sea and atmosphere to protect its fragile environment, argues a team of scientists. The scientific, economic and cultural benefits of space should be considered against the damaging environmental impacts posed by an influx of space debris — roughly 60 miles above Earth’s surface […]

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