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Quantum projects launched to solve universe’s mysteries

Quantum projects launched to solve universe’s mysteries

Researchers will use cutting-edge quantum technologies to transform our understanding of the universe and answer key questions such as the nature of dark matter and black holes.

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Special public lectures in celebration of Stephen Hawking's birthday

Special public lectures in celebration of Stephen Hawking's birthday

Two online public outreach lectures about the science of our Universe will be delivered on Friday, 8th January 2021 by Professor Sir Roger Penrose, recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, and Professor Eiichiro Komatsu, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich.

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The Gaia Early Data Release 3

The Gaia Early Data Release 3

On December 3, 2020, ESA presented the first part of the 3rd Gaia data release (Gaia Early Data Release 3, Gaia EDR3).

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Arecibo radio telescope collapses

Arecibo radio telescope collapses

The iconic Arecibo Observatory has collapsed, ending a 57-year run as one of the world's most powerful telescopes.

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Galaxies in the Infant Universe Were Surprisingly Mature

Galaxies in the Infant Universe Were Surprisingly Mature

Massive galaxies were already much more mature in the early universe than previously expected. This was shown by an international team of astronomers—including researchers from the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (KICC) and the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) — who studied 118 distant galaxies with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

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The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 has been awarded to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez, for their discoveries about one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe: the black hole.

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First joint measurement of exoplanet’s mass and brightness challenges classical model of planet formation

First joint measurement of exoplanet’s mass and brightness challenges classical model of planet formation

A team of astronomers led by led by KICC researcher Mathias Nowak have used the ESO instrument GRAVITY to take the first image of an exoplanet that had previously only been detected indirectly via the spectrum of its star.

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Possible Marker of Life Spotted on Venus

Possible Marker of Life Spotted on Venus

An international team of astronomers today announced the discovery of a rare molecule — phosphine — in the clouds of Venus, which could indicate the presence of extra-terrestrial life.

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Cambridge researchers may have found a way to resolve the ‘crisis’ in cosmology

Cambridge researchers may have found a way to resolve the ‘crisis’ in cosmology

A new modified-gravity model, developed by Will Barker and coauthors, seems able to explain how fast the Universe is expanding

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Online outreach activities

Online outreach activities

During this period of social distancing, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering a range of online astronomy talks and activities.

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COVID-19 Virus

Even though the University of Cambridge is currently closed because of COVID-19 virus, we are all adjusting to new patterns of work so our operations continue remotely, thus, any questions / queries will still be answered via the kavlisec@ast.cam.ac.uk email address.

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Viva la revolución cosmológica

KICC researcher Sunny Vagnozzi has reviewed the book "The Cosmic Revolutionary’s Handbook" for Nature Astronomy.

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Metallicity gradients in high redshift galaxies via multi-band, near-infrared integral field spectroscopy

Metallicity gradients in high redshift galaxies via multi-band, near-infrared integral field spectroscopy

Galaxies at the ‘cosmic noon’ are often characterised by the absence of strong radial gradients in the spatial distribution of metals, consistent with strong feedback mechanisms in place, but is this always reflecting a real spatial homogeneity ? New insights from the KLEVER Survey.

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Roberto Maiolino appointed Honorary Professor of University College London

Roberto Maiolino appointed Honorary Professor of University College London

Roberto Maiolino, Director of the Kavli Institute, has been appointed Honorary Professor of University College London in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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