News from the Department (2019)

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April 2019

  • Checkout the numerical simulation created by Astronomy's Derek Richardson and graduate student Julian Marohnic which demonstrates how two trans-Neptunian objects merged to become Ultima Thule. Formally known as 2014 MU69, Ultima Tule became a target for observation by New Horizons which revealed two objects seemingly clumped together like a "snowman". To find out more about 2014 MU69 and to view the simulation refer to The New York Times article.

February 2019

  • Congratulations to all the UMD and JSSI astronomers who have contributed to the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) project; their efforts have led to a wealth of discoveries including 50 near-earth asteroids, more than 1,100 supernovas, black holes and more and have led to several papers. Checkout the CMNS article to find out more about the survey and the research it has generated.

January 2019

  • Congratulations to Erin Kara and her team whose paper "The Corona Contracts in a New Black Hole Transient," appears as the cover story of this week's issue of Nature (January 11, 2019). In this study, the team of scientists observed the echoes of x-ray waves to map the size and shape of the environment nearby the stellar-mass black hole. To find out more, visit the CMNS website!

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