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Astronomy on Tap is Back

May 18, 2022 | DiRAC NEWS

Join DiRAC’s research team, Meredith Rawls and Jim Davenport, as Astronomy on Tap returns to its original location in the newly opened Bickersons Brewhouse in Ballard on May 25th at 8pm.

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Llamaradas Estelares: Modeling the Morphology of White-Light Flares

May 13, 2022 |

Paper published by Guadalupe Tovar Mendoza and DiRAC’s Associate Director James R. A. Davenport. Stellar variability is a limiting factor for planet detection and characterization, particularly around active M-type stars. Here we revisit one of the most active stars from the Kepler mission. Access the Publication at ADS here.

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Astronomers discover a rare ’black widow’ binary, with the shortest orbit yet

May 4, 2022 | UW News

In partnership with the news team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the UW News office has posted a story about a rare and mysterious star system discovered by a team of astronomers and reported in a paper published this morning in Nature. The researchers report that the system appears to be a “black widow binary” […]

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UW Space Dialogue with Meredith Rawls

May 3, 2022 | DiRAC NEWS

Astronomy, satellites, and the future of our sky Join us Thursday, May 5th at Noon PDT on Zoom We are witnessing a new era as skies fill with thousands of low-Earth-orbit satellites that reflect sunlight. Observational astronomy at all wavelengths is increasingly affected, and so is the shared human experience of the night sky. For optical ground-based astronomy, the […]

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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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