Prof. Wise's Simulations Showcased
The Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation, an organization of 80 institutions, publishes an annual brochure highlighting significant advances in computational scientific research. Professor Wise's work was chosen to represent advances in simulations of galaxy formation and is highlighted on page 12 of the 2015 brochure (full PDF). These current efforts allows for the understanding the origins of all present-day galaxies and for making predictions of future observations with the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Congratulations!
Public Night at the Observatory! Features a presentation by a CRA astrophysicist!
The Georgia Tech Observatory is open to the public, and a CRA astrophysicist presents exciting recent research.
Join us on the rooftop of Howey, and view the Moon and other objects on the night sky.
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NuSTAR Catches Black Holes on the Fly
NuSTAR, NASA's ground-breaking new hard X-ray observatory, reports the detection of the first 10 accreting supermassive black holes discovered by its `serendipitous' survey. By searching the images of all NuSTAR fields for active black holes lurking in the background, astrophysicists can gather information on the population of these objects in a relatively unbiased away. The vast majority of these first 10 objects are rapidly growing black holes in massive galaxies seen when the Universe was only about half its present age. CRA Professor David Ballantyne is a member of the NuSTAR science team and is actively working to understand the implications of NuSTAR's results on the history of black hole growth.
Wise and Collaborators Award Winning Visualizations
Dr. John Wise (Center for Relativistic Astrophysics and School of Physics), in conjunction with his collaborators, won the Best Visualization Prize in the XSEDE13 conference that showcases a diverse collection of computational driven sciences made possible by the NSF XSEDE computing resource. Their winning visualization depicts simulated data of the birth and death of the first stars in the universe and was made with the open-source analysis toolkit, yt.