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Speak Softly and Carry a Knitting Needle: Sharing Stories of Nancy Grace Roman on Campus

Alycia and Nancy Thin

On May 20, 2020, NASA announced that the new Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), which is planned to launch sometime in the mid-2020s, will be named after Nancy Grace Roman. Roman was a pioneer in astronomy and astrophysics, was the first female executive and first Chief of Astronomy at NASA, and is widely known as the “mother” of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. She was also a friend of Carnegie’s Vera Rubin and the Earth and Planets Laboratory astronomy program.

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“Cold Neptune” and two temperate super-Earths found orbiting nearby stars

An artist’s concept of GJ180d, which is the nearest temperate super-Earth to us that is not tidally locked to its star, making it more likely to be able to host and sustain life. Illustration is by Robin Dienel, courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Sc

A “cold Neptune” and two potentially habitable worlds are part of a cache of five newly discovered exoplanets and eight exoplanet candidates found orbiting nearby red dwarf stars, which are reported in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series by a team led by Carnegie’s Fabo Feng and Paul Butler.

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Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Renamed In Honor Of Vera Rubin

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Renamed In Honor Of Vera Rubin

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and its joint funding agencies, the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy, announced Monday that it will be renamed the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in honor of the late Carnegie astronomer whose research confirmed the existence of dark matter.

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TESS Mission Helps Uncover Trio of Planets With One Possibly Habitable World

TESS Mission Helps Uncover Trio of Planets With One Possibly Habitable World

Ground-based observations following up on the discovery of a small planet by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) revealed two additional planets in the same system, one of which is located far enough from its star to be potentially habitable. 

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100 Years Ago DTM Chased the Eclipse That Made Einstein Famous

100 Years Ago DTM Chased the Eclipse That Made Einstein Famous

A century since the eclipse that tested Einstein's theory of general relativity, we remember DTM's observations of the event across the globe.

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How an Astrophysicist Saw the First Image of a Black Hole

How an Astrophysicist Saw the First Image of a Black Hole

Meredith MacGregor reminisces about the unveiling of the first-ever image of a black hole.  

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