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Category: Science

Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument Creates Largest 3D Map of Universe

In May 2021, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) situated on the four-meter Mayall Telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona, begun capturing and studying the light from tens of millions of galaxies and other objects in the universe. The results from a full year of observations, released earlier this month, are mind-blowing: DESI has created the …

Eight Scientists Awarded 51 Pegasi b Fellowship in Planetary Astronomy

Eight early-career scientists have been awarded the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship, a three-year postdoctoral fellowship that provides recipients with resources, freedom, and flexibility to conduct theoretical, observational, and experimental research in planetary astronomy.

Heising-Simons Foundation Awards $3 Million for Informing Gravity Theory

This month, the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program awarded $3 million over three years for two theoretical and experimental research projects on Informing Gravity Theory in the laboratory. These projects focus on exploring how the platforms and techniques of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) physics can elucidate simple models of quantum gravity and inform the construction …

Dr. Jochen Marschall Appointed Science Program Director

We are pleased to share that Dr. Jochen (Joe) Marschall, currently serving as interim Science program director, has been appointed as Science program director at the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Gas Giants and Their Influence on the Cosmos and Careers

In a time when astronomers have discovered thousands of exoplanets with a huge diversity of properties, Dr. Marta Bryan is all about gas giants—analogs to Jupiter and Saturn.

A Multi-Faceted View of Solar System Worlds

To Dr. Katherine de Kleer, science is at its best when diverse areas of study converge. Her career is an inspired case in point, drawing people and perspectives together to sharpen our understanding of the enormous, enigmatic cosmos.

Collaboration Meets Inspiration to Advance Planetary Science

Hot Jupiters. Super-Earths. There is nothing like these types of exoplanets in our own solar system—which makes them an ideal focus for Dr. Songhu Wang’s research. His goal is to explore how our solar system fits into the grander scheme of the cosmos.

51 Pegasi b Fellow Dr. Samantha Trumbo Identifies Internal Carbon Source on Europa

Jupiter’s moon Europa has a subsurface ocean thought to contain twice the amount of water of Earth’s oceans. But scientists had not been able to confirm if the ocean contains biologically essential chemicals for life as we know it, particularly carbon, until now.

Looking to Clouds in the Search for Habitable Exoplanets

What can clouds on distant planets tell us in our search for habitable planets elsewhere? How could the next generation of telescopes amplify our understanding of exoplanet atmospheres?