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CRA Distinguished Lecture: Turning Stars into Gold

Join the CRA in welcoming Prof. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz) as our latest CRA Distinguished Lecturer. His presentation will be Monday, September 14th, 2015 from 6-7pm in Howey L3. Prof. Ramirez-Ruiz will also be giving a CRA Seminar on Thursday September 17th at 3pm.

 

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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HAWC erects tank 250
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) gamma-ray detector, of which Georgia Tech is a member has installed tank #250. HAWC operates by measuring ground level particles that are created when a very-high-energy gamma-ray strikes the upper atmosphere. Each of the HAWC tanks works as a "pixel" in 20,000 square meter camera. Building tank 250 meets the construction milestone set by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Construction will continue, past the milestone, to achieve the goal of 300 tanks. HAWC is already operating continuously (up time above 95%), with 111 tanks and has observed a dozen very high energy sources including the Crab nebula and active galactic nucleus Mrk 421.
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.

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Our first “Event Horizon Meeting" will be on August 28 at 12:00 pm at the CRA conference room. The Event Horizon Meetings are informal meetings for students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdocs...
On July 31st, we had a farewell dinner for Dr. James Casey, Dr Jacob Daughhetee, Dr. Laurens Keek, Dr. Claudia Lazarro, Dr. Lionel London, and undergraduates Chris Evans and Lorena Magaña Zertuche....

CRA professor and director Deirdre Shoemaker has been named 2015 Georgia Tech College of Sciences Cullen-Peck Fellow in recognition of her research on the astrophysics of black holes using...

CRA graduate student Lionel London successfully defended his thesis "On Gravitational Wave Modeling: Numerical Relativity Data Analysis, The Excitation of Kerr Quasinormal Modes, and the...

After years of hard work, the Advanced LIGO Project nears completion of its major upgrade. An official dedication ceremony will be held on Tuesday...