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Giant black hole pair photobombs Andromeda Galaxy

It seems like even black holes can’t resist the temptation to insert themselves unannounced into photographs. A cosmic photobomb found as a background object in images of the nearby Andromeda …

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Zwicky Transient Facility Sees First Light

On Nov. 14, scientists with the California Institute of Technology, the University of Washington and eight additional partner institutions, announced that the Zwicky Transient Facility, the latest s…

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ZTF first light image

DIRAC-B612 ADAM HackDays

UW Astronomy’s DIRAC Institute hosted the first ADAM HackDays (October 4-5, 2017). ADAM (Asteroid Decision and Analysis Machine) is a project led by B612’s Asteroid Institute, aiming to better…

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Participants in the B612 ADAM HackDay

By teaching computers to track asteroids, UW scientists may save the Earth

Andrew Connolly and Zeljko Ivezic, two UW Astronomy professors, were recently featured in a Seattle Times article. See excerpt below, and read more here at the Seattle Times article by Katherine L…

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Reaching for the Stars -- and Exoplanets

The College of Arts and Sciences recently featured Lupita Tovar, a UW undergraduate, Pre-MAP alum, and incoming Astronomy & Astrobiology graduate student. See an excerpt of the Perspectives Ne…

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