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Environment - Jul 9
Scientists at Harvard University and the Black Hole Initiative (BHI) have developed a new method to find black holes in the outer solar system, and along with it, determine once-and-for-all the true nature of the hypothesized Planet Nine. The paper, accepted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters , highlights the ability of the future Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) mission to observe accretion flares, the presence of which could prove or rule out Planet Nine as a black hole.
Astronomy - Jun 19

Harvard & Smithsonian and the University of Rochester are collaborating on a project to search the universe for signs of life via technosignatures, after receiving the first NASA non-radio technosignatures grant ever awarded, and the first SETI-specific NASA grant in over three decades.

Astronomy - Jun 1

Scientists in the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) consortium today announced at the 236th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) that they have detected gamma rays from the Crab Nebula using a prototype Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope (pSCT), proving the viability of the novel telescope design for use in gamma-ray astrophysics.

Astronomy - Apr 9

Harvard & Smithsonian-today announced the first measurement of atmospheric wind speed ever recorded outside the solar system using a novel technique. Researchers focused their efforts on 2MASS J1047+21, a cool brown dwarf located 33.2 light years from Earth, and clocked wind speeds at 650 meters per second, or 1,450 miles per hour.

Astronomy - Apr 3

Harvard & Smithsonian today announced the detection of J2322+0509, a detached binary white dwarf composed of two helium-core stars with a short orbital period. It is the first gravitational wave source of its kind ever detected.

Astronomy - Mar 18

Last April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) sparked international excitement when it unveiled the first image of a black hole. Today, a team of researchers have published new calculations that predict a striking and intricate substructure within black hole images from extreme gravitational light bending.

Astronomy - Jun 1

Harvard & Smithsonian, and the Black Hole Initiative (BHI), have shed light on how black holes grow over time by developing a new model to predict if growth by accretion or by mergers is dominant, according to the results of a study presented today at the virtual 236th meeting of the American Astronomical Society and published simultaneously in The Astrophysical Journal .

Astronomy - Apr 13

Harvard & Smithsonian today announced the discovery and study of the brightest, most energetic, and likely most massive supernova ever identified. SN2016aps is believed to be an example of a "pulsational pair instability" supernova, and may have formed as the result of the merging of two massive stars prior to the explosion.

Astronomy - Apr 8

Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA), in concert with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, have discovered something lurking in the heart of quasar 3C 279: a writhing relativistic jet. Located five billion light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo, 3C 279 is known for its powerful relativistic jet producing violent variability across the electromagnetic spectrum.

Astronomy - Mar 18

The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument, a NASA satellite instrument lead by Principal Investigator Kelly Chance from the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian, will launch to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

Astronomy - Mar 9

Harvard & Smithsonian have, for the first time, measured the orbital tilt of an exoplanet younger than 45 million years.

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