Smallest Known Galaxy with a Supermassive Black Hole

This Hubble Space telescope image shows the gargantuan galaxy M60 in the center, and the ultracompact dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 below it and to the right, and also enlarged as an inset. A new international study led by University of Utah astronomer Anil Seth and published in the journal Nature found that M60-UCD1 is the smallest known galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its center, suggesting the dwarf galaxy originally was much larger but was stripped of its outer layers by gravity from galaxy M60 over billions of years. M60’s gravity also is pulling galaxy NGC4647, upper right, and the two eventually will collide. Photo Credit: NASA/Space Telescope Science Institute/European Space Agency

Many Black Holes May Hide in Dwarf Remnants of Stripped Galaxies

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Sept. 17, 2014 – A University of Utah astronomer and his colleagues discovered that an ultracompact dwarf galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole – the smallest galaxy known to contain such a massive light-sucking object. The finding suggests huge black holes may be more common than previously believed.

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U Presents the Physics of Freestyle

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K-12 students learn how athletes use physics to perform

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March 24, 2014 – University of Utah’s College of Science presents its first Physics of Freestyle event, March 27, 2:30-5 p.m., at the Eccles Center in Park City, 1750 Kearns Blvd. The program, which explores the science behind skiing and snowboarding, is geared toward K-12 students in the Park City School District but is free and open to the public.

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Helping the Public Reach for the Stars

Tabitha Buehler, Assistant Professor (Lecturer). Coordinator of the new outreach center and head the AstronomUrs outreach team, next to one of five Meade 10" LX200 ACF telescopes also available at the South Physics Observatory. Photo Credit: University of Utah

U Opens Dedicated Space June 11 for Star Parties and More

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June 5, 2014 – The University of Utah has a new location for people who enjoy outer space. The Astronomy Outreach Center will begin operating at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 with an open house, a brief lecture and a party to observe the sun and stars.

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Alumni Spotlight: Tom Saxton

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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Using Science to Understand Human Values

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Photo Credit: Tanner Humanities Center

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to give Tanner Lecture at University of Utah

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March 18, 2014 — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will give the 2014 Tanner Lecture on Human Values, sponsored by the University of Utah’s Tanner Humanities Center, Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall.

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