Tag Space & astronomy
In molten sandstone extracted by prospectors a century ago, an international team of scientists has discovered microscopic crystals telling of unimaginable pressures and temperatures when an asteroid formed Meteor Crater in northern Arizona some 49,000 years ago.
University of Wisconsin–Madison astrophysicist Ellen Gould Zweibel has won the American Physical Society’s 2016 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics.
Weather permitting, Washburn Observatory will be open to the public for safe viewing of the event.
A software program pioneered at UW–Madison churned away in the background, helping analyze data from billions of particle collisions.
The observatory had closed unexpectedly in April 2014 when a motor and gear box that operate a sliding door on the dome malfunctioned.
Sebastian Heinz has been honored by the American Astronomical Society for his work to unravel the mystery of Circinus X-1, a bizarre binary star system in our galaxy that exploded some 2,500 years ago.
Seen from the roof of Memorial Library, a supermoon rises in the nighttime sky behind the Wisconsin statue headdress atop the dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol building on Sept. 27, 2015.