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UW astronomers discover “fast yellow pulsating supergiants”

A study led by UW graduate student Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein has used the TESS space telescope to identify a new class of supergiant stars, called “fast yellow pulsating supergiants”. These stars may of…

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Zakkir Rahman '20 Featured In UW Arts & Sciences Newsletter

When Zakkir Rahman arrived at the UW as a freshman, he discovered that undergraduates must fulfill general education requirements, including courses in the visual, literary & performing arts (VLPA)….

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UW Astronomy class of 2020 graduate Zakkir Rahman

Prof Vikki Meadows Interview: Exoplanet Atmospheres and Biosignatures

From UW News:

Scientists have discovered thousands of exoplanets, including dozens of terrestrial — or rocky — worlds in the habitable zones around their parent stars. A promising approach to search …

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This illustration shows the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets as they might look as viewed from Earth using a fictional, incredibly powerful telescope. The sizes and relative positions are correctly to scale: This is such a tiny planetary system that its sun, TRAPPIST-1, is not much bigger than our planet Jupiter, and all the planets are very close to the size of Earth. Their orbits all fallwell within what, in our solar system, would be the orbital distance of our innermost planet, Mercury. With such small orbits, the TRAPPIST-1 planets complete a year in a matter of a few Earth days: 1.5 for the innermost planet, TRAPPIST-1b, and 20 for the outermost, TRAPPIST-1h.

Prof Jess Werk Named 2020 Cottrell Scholar

UW Astronomy Professor Jess Werk has been named a recipient of the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. This competitive award is granted to early-career facul…

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UW Astronomy Professor Jess Werk

UW Astronomer Awarded Research Prize

UW Astronomy Assistant Professor Emily Levesque has been named the 2020 recipient of the American Astronomical Society’s Newton Lacy Pierce Prize for her breakthrough studies of the evolution of massi…

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Professor Emily Levesque

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