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Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

The following is adapted from a press release issued today by MIT and Caltech, which jointly operate the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) with funding from the National…

Professor Emeritus Bernard Burke, astrophysics pioneer, dies at 90

Bernard F. “Bernie” Burke ’50, PhD ’53, the William A.M. Burden Professor of Astrophysics Emeritus and a principal investigator at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and…

Testimony: LIGO has “cracked open” a new window to the universe

LIGO’s recent detection of gravitational waves marks the beginning of a new era for astrophysics, and further insights into black holes, neutron stars, supernovae, and other phenomena…

Rainer Weiss awarded the Shaw Prize in Astronomy

Rainer Weiss, emeritus professor of physics, has been awarded the 2016 Shaw Prize in Astronomy. The annual prize is awarded in three categories — astronomy, life…

Nearly 80 exoplanet candidates identified in record time

Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have analyzed data from K2, the follow-up mission to NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, and have discovered a trove of possible exoplanets amid some…

3Q: Scott Hughes on cosmic distances and the future of gravitational wave astronomy

On Monday, Oct. 16, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, MIT senior research scientist and LIGO Scientific Collaboration spokesperson David Shoemaker, and other representatives from Caltech and the…

TESS readies for takeoff

There are potentially thousands of planets that lie just outside our solar system — galactic neighbors that could be rocky worlds or more tenuous collections of gas and…

Advanced LIGO set to begin science operations

The Advanced LIGO Project, a major upgrade of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), is completing its final preparations before the initiation of scientific observations, scheduled to begin…

Explained: the Doppler effect

Many students learn about the Doppler effect in physics class, typically as part of a discussion of why the pitch of a siren is higher as an ambulance…

Building a list of Earth candidates

The possibility of discovering a planet that is small, cool, rocky, orbiting a sunlike star and able to host life — an Earth twin, in other words —…