Andromeda Wants You!

The Andromeda galaxy, shown here, is the closest spiral galaxy to our own spiral, the Milky Way. Astronomers at the University of Utah and elsewhere have launched the Andromeda Project so thousands of volunteers can help them find star clusters in detailed images of Andromeda made by the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Robert Gendler

Astronomers Ask Public to Find Star Clusters in Hubble Images

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Dec. 5, 2012 – Astronomers at the University of Utah and elsewhere are seeking volunteers to explore the galaxy next door, Andromeda. The newly launched Andromeda Project will use people power to examine thousands of Hubble Space Telescope images of the galaxy to identify star clusters that hold clues to the evolution of galaxies.

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High Pressure Melting of Lithium


For over two years, since we started our lab, we have been trying to measure the high pressure melting curve of lithium. Lithium is the lightest metal under ambient pressure. Because of its low atomic number and metallic properties, lithium has been considered for studying the dominant lattice quantum zero point energy in condensed matter and under compression.

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First Light for W. M. Keck Bistatic Radar Observatory


The Telescope Array Radar (TARA) project is happy to announce that construction of the W.M. Keck Bistatic Radar Observatory has been completed. Data taking will commence with a “first-light” ceremony on Saturday May 25th, according to University of Utah physicist and TARA project director John Belz.

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U Re-enlists with Astronomy Project

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope at the Apache Point Observatory stands out against New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains. Five years after the University of Utah joined the survey’s third phase, it announced it is joining the fourth phase of the international effort to map the heavens on three size scales. The Willard L. Eccles Charitable Foundation and the university will split the $700,000 cost. Photo Credit: Fermilab Visual Media Services

University Joins Sky Survey’s Fourth Phase with W.L. Eccles Grant

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June 24, 2013 – University of Utah astronomers will participate in a six-year project to study the formation of our Milky Way galaxy; map stars, gas and supermassive black holes in 10,000 neighbor galaxies; and chart 1 million galaxies and quasars to learn about mysterious “dark energy” that makes the universe expand.

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When Galaxies Eat Galaxies

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Gravity Lenses Suggest Big Collisions Make Galaxies Denser

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Oct. 11, 2012 – Using gravitational “lenses” in space, University of Utah astronomers discovered that the centers of the biggest galaxies are growing denser – evidence of repeated collisions and mergers by massive galaxies with 100 billion stars.

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