Astronomers have measured magnetic fields in a galaxy 4.6 billion light-years away — a big clue to understanding how magnetic fields formed and evolved over cosmic time.
The number one rule for watching the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is not to look directly at the sun without special eyewear, even when it is partially obscured, said Jim Lattis, who directs the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s astronomy outreach center Space Place.
In Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin Scientists Say Monday's Eclipse Won't Be Total Here But Still Important
Monday's solar eclipse will only be about 80 percent in Wisconsin, but a scientist says the event will still add to knowledge about part of the Sun.
Hundreds of people who converged on UW Space Place at noon Thursday were disappointed to find that all 250 pairs of solar eclipse-viewing glasses were sold out before they were even scheduled to go on sale.
On Monday, Aug. 21, for the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States from coast to coast, bathing the country in the moon’s shadow and providing a unique view of the sun — as long as the clouds stay away. The effects of the partial eclipse in Wisconsin will be subtle, but worth watching nonetheless.
Cosmologically speaking, the Milky Way and its immediate neighborhood are in the boondocks. In a 2013 observational study, University of Wisconsin–Madison astronomer Amy Barger and her then-student Ryan Keenan showed that our galaxy, in the context of the large-scale structure of the universe, resides in an enormous void — a region of space containing far fewer galaxies, stars and planets than expected.
"Fueling Discovery" is a joint effort of the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science and the Wisconsin State Journal. This special section features essays from faculty members across the college about their groundbreaking research.
Three UW-Madison students have been named winners of the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, for their undergraduate work in the sciences. Cory Cotter, Emily Jewell and Lucas Oxtoby were winners of the scholarship, while Elizabeth Penn was selected as an honorable mention.
Like a lot of pioneering science, the Wisconsin H-Alpha Mapper (WHAM) got its start as the shoestring project of a curious young researcher. Sawing a hole in the ceiling of an office at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Physical Sciences Laboratory in the late 1970s, astrophysicist Ron Reynolds pointed a specially built spectrometer skyward for the first time and discovered a previously unknown feature of the Milky Way.