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Palomar Survey Instrument Analyzes Impact of Starlink Satellites
01/17/2022

Palomar Survey Instrument Analyzes Impact of Starlink Satellites

Whitney Clavin
A study of archival images from Zwicky Transient Facility shows an increase in satellite streaks.
ZTF image of Andromeda galaxy with a Starlink streak through it.
Ginsburgs Give to Create New Quantum Center and Building at Caltech
01/14/2022

Ginsburgs Give to Create New Quantum Center and Building at Caltech

Ann Motrunich
The center will unite researchers exploring quantum systems and their potential uses.
Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg
Jenny Wan Named Churchill Scholar
01/12/2022

Jenny Wan Named Churchill Scholar

Whitney Clavin
Scholarship will fund her first year of studies at University of Cambridge.
Jenny Wan
Astronomers Find Most Luminous "Cow" to Shine in X-Rays
01/10/2022

Astronomers Find Most Luminous "Cow" to Shine in X-Rays

Whitney Clavin
A newfound, bright X-ray star explosion is providing answers to the riddle of the Cow supernovae.
Artwork comparing normal supernova and Cow-like supernova.
Black Hole Devours a Star Decades Ago, Goes Unnoticed Until Now
01/10/2022

Black Hole Devours a Star Decades Ago, Goes Unnoticed Until Now

Whitney Clavin
Archival radio observations show massive black hole likely shot out a jet after its stellar snack.
Artwork of a black hole eating a star, and producing a jet.
NASA's Largest and Most Powerful Telescope Launches
12/27/2021

NASA's Largest and Most Powerful Telescope Launches

Lori Dajose
Armed with an array of powerful science instruments, a new space telescope began its journey into orbit on December 25.
The final image of JWST as it launches away from Earth
CARMA Telescope Site Restored
12/17/2021

CARMA Telescope Site Restored

Whitney Clavin
New vegetation and other restoration efforts for the central California site have been completed
A before after look at the CARMA site.
2021: Year in Review
12/15/2021

2021: Year in Review

Kathy Svitil
A look back at the Institute news of 2021.
A collage of science images
Transforming Materials with Light
12/08/2021

Transforming Materials with Light

Whitney Clavin
Researchers have figured out a way to use lasers to alter materials without the creation of damaging heat.
A strong laser is seen illuminating a material in a low-temperature chamber.
New Quantum Measurement Center Launched by Sherman Fairchild Foundation Grant
12/06/2021

New Quantum Measurement Center Launched by Sherman Fairchild Foundation Grant

Ann Motrunich
A new grant enables construction of laboratories at Caltech that will integrate gravitational-wave science and quantum precision measurement.
Tabletop optics in a laboratory that steer laser light as it is used to measure vibrations in a glass disk that serves as an experimental stand-in for a mirror in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The experiment aims to improve LIGO mirror coatings. New coatings c twan reduce background noise in LIGO's mirrors by a factor of two, thereby increasing the volume of space that LIGO can probe by a factor of eight.