Recent News Releases

April 3, 2020

Scientists at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian today announced the detection of J2322+0509, a detached binary white dwarf composed of two helium-core stars with a short orbital period. It is the first gravitational wave source of its kind ever detected.

TEMPO
March 18, 2020

The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument, a NASA satellite instrument lead by Principal Investigator Kelly Chance from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, will launch to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

March 18, 2020

Last April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) sparked international excitement when it unveiled the first image of a black hole. Today, a team of researchers have published new calculations that predict a striking and intricate substructure within black hole images from extreme gravitational light bending.