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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.
Exoplanet Bonanza
12/01/2021

Exoplanet Bonanza

New planetary candidates found by sifting through archival Kepler Telescope data.
Artist's rendering of two Saturn-sized planets orbiting a Sun-like star.
Watson Lecture on November 10: Xie Chen on Quantum Matter
11/03/2021

Watson Lecture on November 10: Xie Chen on Quantum Matter

Andrew Moseman
On November 10, Caltech professor of theoretical physics Xie Chen will give a Watson Lecture on "Quantum Matters."
Photo of Xie Chen
#SoCaltech: Andy Boyle
10/27/2021

#SoCaltech: Andy Boyle

Jon Nalick
Andy Boyle is a Science Data Analyst with IPAC with the NASA Exoplanet Archive and organizes Wednesday morning trail runs with the Caltech Alpine Club.
Andy Boyle running in the mountains
Caltech and Amazon Partner to Create New Hub of Quantum Computing
10/26/2021

Caltech and Amazon Partner to Create New Hub of Quantum Computing

Whitney Clavin
The partnership could lead to pioneering quantum computing technologies for a range of fields.
Photograph of the AWS Center for Quantum Computing at Caltech.