Joaquin Vieira, an assistant professor of astronomy and of physics at the University of Illinois and a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Computing Applications (NCSA) has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2017.
A recently discovered galaxy is forming stars at an extraordinary pace. Astronomers have shown that, compared to the Milky Way, which forms roughly one Sun-sized star per year, stars in the galaxy SPT 0346-32 are forming at a rate of about 4,500 times higher—one of the highest rates seen!
Illinois astronomers, Leslie Looney, Robert Harris, and Dominique Segura-Cox, were part of the team that captured these beautiful images of a multiple stellar system caught in the act of forming.
Congratulations to U of I Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stuart Shapiro who has been selected for the 2017 Hans A. Bethe Prize of the American Physical Society (APS).
Prof. Joaquin Vieira talked about his work taking baby pictures of the universe, setting up a telescope at the South Pole, Astronomy on Tap Champaign-Urbana, and his family in The News-Gazette's Getting Personal story and video.