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Sloan survey gives Yale astronomers an eye in the sky

Wed, 12/16/2020
After 20 years and four previous phases, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s Phase V(SDSS V) is ready to give Yale astronomers a new look at the wonders of the cosmos. The survey’...

Lighting a path to Planet Nine

Tue, 10/27/2020
The search for Planet Nine — a hypothesized ninth planet in our solar system — may come down to pinpointing the faintest orbital trails in an incredibly dark corner of space...
A comet strikes ancient Venus. (Illustration by Sam Cabot)

Looking for pieces of Venus? Try the moon

Wed, 10/07/2020
A growing body of research suggests the planet Venus may have had an Earth-like environment billions of years ago, with water and a thin atmosphere. Yet testing such theories...

A new spin on supermassive black holes

Wed, 09/23/2020
New observational research suggests that supermassive black holes — the mysterious, light-swallowing objects at the heart of nearly all large galaxies — are spinning like...

GRE requirement dropped

Tue, 06/16/2020
Due in part to the difficulties and challenges in taking the GRE test this year, the Yale Department of Astronomy has decided that the General and Physics GRE test will not...

Ahoy! ‘Oumuamua may be a hydrogen iceberg

Fri, 05/29/2020
‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to pass through Earth’s solar system, has been called many things: a comet, an asteroid, a cigar-shaped spaceship. Now it has a...

Under pressure, black holes feast

Fri, 05/22/2020
A new, Yale-led study shows that some supermassive black holes actually thrive under pressure. It has been known for some time that when distant galaxies — and the...