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Team Observe ‘Hungry Twin’ Stars Gobbling Their First Meals

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Just-forming stars, like growing babies, are always hungry and must “feed” on huge amounts of gas and dust from dense envelopes surrounding them at birth. Now a team of astronomers including Robert Gutermuth, a University of Massachusetts Amherst expert in imaging data from the Spitzer Space Telescope, reports observing an unusual “baby” star that periodically emits infrared light bursts, suggesting it may be twins, that is, a binary star. The discovery is reported this month in Nature.

Professor Daniela Calzetti tapped by NASA

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Professor Daniela Calzetti has been recently nominated one of the 40 scientists selected by NASA, and approved by ESA, to participate in the Euclid Consortium. The total number of Euclid Consortium Members in US Institutions is 54, between the recently selected and the pre-existing ones. Euclid is a European Space Agency mission to map the Dark Universe, which will be launched in 2020. For more information, see the NASA press release.

Professor Daniela Calzetti, Chair of Blaauw Professor for 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Professor Daniela Calzetti has recently been offered the Chair of Blaauw Professor for the year 2013. This honorary position was created in 1997 by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences for the field of astronomy and astrophysics to be held at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in The Netherlands. The criteria for the selection are excellence in research, broad knowledge of astronomy, and an outstanding international status in astronomy.

Event Horizon Telescope

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The cover story for the February 2012 issue of the Sky & Telescope magazine is the Event Horizon Telescope, and the same article mentions the LMT as one of the key elements of this exciting project.

NASA's Hubble Confirms that Galaxies Are the Ultimate Recyclers

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The results are published in three papers in the November 18 issue of Science magazine. Among the leaders of the three studies is Todd Tripp of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. This has already received a fair bit of coverage in the press. Here are a few of the on-line stories: Galaxies That Don't Recycle Live Hard, Die Young - Galaxy Halos Recycle Interstellar Gas Into Baby Stars - The Hidden Mass and Large Spatial Extent of a Post-Starburst Galaxy Outflow - The Large, Oxygen-Rich Halos of Star-Forming Galaxies Are a Major Reservoir of Galactic Metals -NASA's Hubble Confirms that Galaxies Are the Ultimate Recyclers

Orchard Hill Observatory draws in stargazers

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Orchard Hill Observatory offers University of Massachusetts students an opportunity to view constellations, planets and stars on clear nights. Open Wednesday or Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m., the observatory is, according to its student directors, an underutilized resource. Please click on the link to read the full article - Orchard Hill Observatory draws in stargazers

UMass Amherst Astronomers, Partnering With Mexican Institute

Friday, June 17, 2011

AMHERST, Mass. - Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica announced today that a giant new millimeter-wave radio telescope, one of the largest in the world designed to probe the history of star formation in the Universe, has collected its first light spectrum from a distant galaxy.

 
 

Professor Houjun Mo's book Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Professor Houjun Mo's book Galaxy Formation and Evolution (Cambridge University Press), was honored with the 2010 PROSE Award in Cosmology and Astronomy. The annual American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence http://www.proseawards.com recognize the best scholarly writing in different disciplines, and the PROSE is one of the most prestigious and distinguished awards for scholarly publications.

Galaxies Far, Far Away

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Astronomers make surprising find. UMass Amherst astronomers Grant Wilson and Min Yun are part of an international team that has detected one of the earliest "protoclusters" of galaxies ever identified, located about 12.5 billion light years from Earth. Their findings, made possible by instrumentation produced on campus, appear in the February 10, 2011 issue of Nature.

Colony of Young Stars Shines in New Spitzer Image

Friday, April 30, 2010

The super-deep Orion Spitzer mosiacs that were just released to the public as part of the Spitzer Warm Mission and program on YSO variability were made by Robert Gutermuth, UMass Astronomy and Smith College Astronomer and researcher on this project. Also see Colony of Young Stars Shines in New Spitzer Image , Colony of Young Stars Shines in New Spitzer Images and Orion's Dreamy Stars - Colony of Young Stars Shines in New Spitzer Image

The sixth edition of EXPLORATIONS: INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The sixth edition of EXPLORATIONS: INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY by Thomas T. Arny and Stephen E. Schneider is published! EXPLORATIONS: INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY is built on the foundation of its well known writing style, accuracy, and emphasis on current information. This new edition continues to offer the most complete technology/new media support package available. That technology/new media package includes:

~ 23 Interactives located on the Explorations companion website. Each Interactive is programmed in Flash for a strong visual appeal. Each includes an analysis tool (interactive model), a tutorial describing its function, content describing its principle themes, related exercises, and solutions to the exercises.

~ Now Available! Starry Night College Online Edition offers integrated step-by-step exercises, activities, extensions and resources that will lead your students to a solid understanding of the universe. They will, without doubt, lead your students on a voyage of discovery unlike any other.

~ McGraw-Hill Connect, instructors can access classroom presentation materials, and deliver assignments, quizzes, and tests easily online. Students can self-study with learning tools specific to illustration in the text and download "study-on-the-fly" art and audio files. Media, animation and assessments are merged with the text's narrative to engage students and improve learning and retention.

To request a complimentary copy, visit the following link: Explorations: Introduction to Astronomy

Celebration of Faculty Accomplishments Feb. 22

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Four Mount Holyoke faculty members will be honored for outstanding teaching and scholarship on February 22, when the College community gathers to celebrate the professional accomplishments of its faculty. The recipients will give brief speeches at the awards ceremony, which will take place at 4:15 pm in McCulloch Auditorium in Pratt Hall. This year, mathematics professor Margaret Robinson and Ying Wang, associate professor of Asian studies, will receive the Mount Holyoke College Faculty Award for Teaching. Darby Dyar, associate professor of astronomy and chair of astronomy, and Robert Shilkret, Norma Cutts DaFoe Professor of Psychology, will receive the Meribeth E. Cameron Faculty Award for Scholarship. Celebration of Faculty Accomplishments Feb. 22

Astronomers win coveted access to upgraded Hubble telescope

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

With this week's announcement by NASA that a "fully rejuvenated Hubble Space Telescope" is ready to begin a new decade of observations, two campus astronomers, Daniela Calzetti and Todd Tripp, with colleague Suzan Edwards at Smith College, are excited to begin using those instruments to explore the origins and evolution of galaxies and stars throughout the universe.

 
 

A Look into the Hellish Cradles of Suns and Solar Systems

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Astronomer Robert Gutermuth, currently of Smith College and University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and colleagues unveil ultra-high resolution view of massive embedded stellar cluster RCW 38 from ESO's adaptive optics-enhanced VLT.

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