For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they’ve been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Earth – a discovery more than a decade in the making. UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy graduate student Karishma Bansal is the first-author on the paper, ‘Constraining the Orbit of the Supermassive Black Hole Binary 0402+379’, recently published in The Astrophysical Journal. She, along with UNM Professor Greg Taylor and colleagues at Stanford, the U.S. Naval Observatory and the Gemini Observatory, have been studying the interaction between these blackRead More →

Alex Szalay, a professor at John Hopkins University, is one of the co-creators of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) SkyServer database. The website provides students and astronomy lovers with the information they need to research, problem solve and discover information about astronomy. The database is connected to a website that allows students and astronomy lovers to explore the world of learning about astronomy in a visual manner—providing views of the night sky without the need for a telescope. The SDSS SkyServer includes a three-dimensional view of one million galaxies and quasars. As a big contributor to astronomy, the website earned the Science Prize forRead More →