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Newly Discovered Olympian Galaxy Will Provide Fresh Insights into Galactic Formation
05/29/2007

Newly Discovered Olympian Galaxy Will Provide Fresh Insights into Galactic Formation

Kathy Svitil
A newly discovered dwarf galaxy in our local group has been found to have formed in a region of space far from our own and is falling into our system for the first time in its history.
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Caltech and Berkeley Astronomers Identify a New Class of Cosmic Explosions
05/23/2007

Caltech and Berkeley Astronomers Identify a New Class of Cosmic Explosions

Robert Tindol
Astronomers are announcing today the discovery of a new class of stellar explosions. The finding is based on observations of a flash seen in the Virgo cluster in a galaxy known as Messier 85.
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Astronomers Obtain Highly Detailed Image of the "Red Square" By Using Adaptive Optics of Palomar and Keck Telescopes
04/12/2007

Astronomers Obtain Highly Detailed Image of the "Red Square" By Using Adaptive Optics of Palomar and Keck Telescopes

Astronomers today announced the arrival of a new member in the pantheon of exotically beautiful celestial objects. Christened the "Red Square" by Peter Tuthill, leader of the team, the image was compiled with data from the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory, owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology, and the Keck-2 Telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
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Segment of Quantum Repeater Demonstrated; May Lead to Long-Distance Quantum Communications
04/06/2007

Segment of Quantum Repeater Demonstrated; May Lead to Long-Distance Quantum Communications

Physicists at the California Institute of Technology have succeeded for the first time in the distribution of "entanglement" in a way that could lead to long-distance quantum communications, scalable quantum networks, and even a quantum internet.

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Caltech Observatory Receives Science Education Award
04/05/2007

Caltech Observatory Receives Science Education Award

Jill Perry
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in Hanford, Washington, which was created by the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and funded by the National Science Foundation, has received a science education award.
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Astrophysicists Using Space Observatories Catch Magnetar in Gigantic Stellar Belch
04/04/2007

Astrophysicists Using Space Observatories Catch Magnetar in Gigantic Stellar Belch

Robert Tindol
When it comes to eerie astrophysical effects, the neutron stars commonly known as magnetars are hard to beat. The massive remnants of exploded stars, magnetars are the size of mountains but weigh as much as the sun, and have magnetic fields hundreds of trillions of times more powerful than the earthly field that turns our compass needles north.
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Caltech Physicist Marc Kamionkowski Named Winner of Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award
02/07/2007

Caltech Physicist Marc Kamionkowski Named Winner of Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award

Robert Tindol

Marc Kamionkowski, the Robinson Professor of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at Caltech, has been named one of eight winners of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award. The announcement was made today by U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman in Washington, D.C.

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New Astrophysics Building Under Way
02/02/2007

New Astrophysics Building Under Way

Jill Perry
In December 2008 astronomers and astrophysicists at the California Institute of Technology will have a new home for their offices, classes, and meetings. Construction on the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics began Jan. 31 with a groundbreaking ceremony.
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Protoplanetary Disk Found Encircling Mira B
01/09/2007

Protoplanetary Disk Found Encircling Mira B

Robert Tindol

A team of astronomers is reporting today at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society that material from the dying star Mira A is being captured into a disk around Mira B, its companion.

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New 3-D Map of Dark Matter Reveals Cosmic Scaffolding
01/07/2007

New 3-D Map of Dark Matter Reveals Cosmic Scaffolding

Robert Tindol

An international team of astronomers has created a comprehensive three-dimensional map that offers a first look at the weblike large-scale distribution of dark matter in the universe. Dark matter is an invisible form of matter that accounts for most of the universe's mass, but that so far has eluded direct detection, or even a definitive explanation for its makeup.

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