Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jan 27 Recap

This week's journal club was led by Prof. Pat Hall. Some highlights are

1. Gamma-ray telescopes show origins of cosmic rays. Fermi's first year observation shows evidence of the connection between SNe remnants and the acceleration of CR hadrons. Read the article here.

2. HARPS search for extra-solar planets around dwarf star GJ876, the radial velocity measurements indicate an Earth-mass size planet or smaller. Read the paper here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Jan 20 Recap

This week's journal club was host by Michael De Robertis. Some highlights are following:

1. IYA 2009 officially came to a close on Jan 9th and 10th in Padua, Italy. Read the event here.

2. Pulsar watchers race for gravity waves. Radio telescopes use pulsars looking for massive cosmic collisions. Read the article here.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Recap: Jan 13, 2010

The first astronomy journal club of this year was hosted by Alireza Rafiee. Some highlights are following:

1. A complex form of mathematical symmetry (E8) linked to string theory has been spot first time in laboratory experiments on exotic crystals. Read more here.

2. Kepler mission news: five new planets have been identified just using the first six week's science data. Read it here. Want to know the science of Kepler mission visit here.