Astronomy

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Join in research projects from the comfort of your own home.


The foreground is the silhouette of a tall spire in front of a purple sky at dust where a bright white comet plunges towards the horizon.

Comet NEOWISE lit up skies and social media

Comet NEOWISE blazed across the skies of the northern hemisphere and won’t return for 6,800 years. If you missed it, never fear—the University of Utah community captured stunning photos of this once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event.


Gamma-ray scientists bring distant stars into focus

For the first time in nearly 50 years, stellar intensity interferometry has been used to take the measure of the stars.


A bowtie-shaped spectral of lights representing the universe. The center is bright green, then radiates the hot pink, magenta, yellow, and then white and finally gray.

Largest 3-D map of the universe ever created

The results are measurements of more than 2 million galaxies and quasars covering 11 billion years of cosmic time.


Discovery points to origin of mysterious ultraviolet radiation

Infalling gas found, star-forming galaxies likely primary energy source of Lyman-alpha radiation emitted from gigantic hydrogen gas blobs.


NEXT WAVE OF DISCOVERY

U scientists play key role in next-generation astronomical survey to map the entire sky.


SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLES

Black holes may lurk in most ultra-compact dwarf remnants of shredded galaxies.


SEARCH FOR SPACE GHOSTS

All are welcome to the South Physics Observatory to stargaze and celebrate Halloween, a holiday with astronomical roots.