Tag: astrophysics

Hopkins Astrophysicist and Team Win World’s Most Lucrative Scientific Award

Professor Charles Bennett and members of his research team. Photo via Hopkins Hub.

Charles Bennett and his team of researchers have mapped their way to scientific rock-star status with their so-called Standard Model of Cosmology, which effectively serves as a guide to the inception, makeup and expansion of our universe.

Johns Hopkins Thinks We Found Dark Matter



Physicists think that more than a quarter of the mass of the universe is made out of dark matter, even though no one has ever found any.

Johns Hopkins Spies on 13.8 Billion Year-Old Light



Johns Hopkins astrophysicists have spent the past several years working to install one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in a remote mountain location in Chile. Now, all that effort has begun to pay off.

Johns Hopkins Creates Cool Space Club

What homework? (via Hubble Space Telescope)
via Hubble Space Telescope

You know, if I were an astronomer or astrophysicist, all I would want to do would be hang out with other space nerds. 

Hopkins Scientists Observe a Black Hole Eating a Star

Image by Amadeo Bachar
Image by Amadeo Bachar

A group of Johns Hopkins astrophysicists recently observed a never-before-seen event: a star about the size of our own sun slipped out of its orbit and was devoured by a supermassive black hole, which then ejected a flare of matter (think of it as kind of an interstellar burp).

What Are You Studying? Oh, Just the Origin of the Universe



What if you could build a telescope so big it could help you look at how the universe began? It may sound like a question dreamed up by a astronomy-obsessed stoner, but it is also a real thing being worked on by real astrophysicists at Johns Hopkins.

This Week in Research: Hopkins Astrophysics Team Find the Oldest, Farthest Supernova

According to JHU, "the small box pinpoints SN Wilson's host galaxy."
According to JHU, “the small box pinpoints SN Wilson’s host galaxy.”

I am into everything about this discovery of a 10 billion year-old supernova discovered by Johns Hopkins scientists using the Hubble Telescope — the oldest and farthest cosmic explosion ever sighted — except its name.

This Week in Research: How to Save Earth from the Asteroid & Say “I Love You” in Latin



Today’s asteroid flyby will not actually come all that close to our planet — it’ll stay a safe 17,000 miles away. Still, that’s the nearest pass by an object of its size (comparable to an airliner), and if it did hit, it would do some serious damage. So how do all those astrophysicists at Johns Hopkins plan to save us from the asteroid that is on a collision course with our planet — something that, statistically speaking, is bound to happen soon enough?

Johns Hopkins Scientists Want to Smash a Spaceship into an Asteroid. What Could Go Wrong?


Either the astrophysicists at Johns Hopkins have never seen a space-action movie, or they’ve seen way too many. Those are the only explanations I can come up with for why they’d argue in favor of slamming a spaceship into a giant asteroid… just to see what might happen.

Building a Rocket in the Basement — Johns Hopkins Style


It wouldn’t shock us to hear that the Johns Hopkins students who’ve teamed up to design, build, and launch the Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS) — a nifty $3.2 million NASA rocket, for those of you who aren’t astrophysicists — started out launching rockets in their backyards. And now they’re on a quest to answer questions about the origins of the universe. Not a bad trajectory.