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Warwick astronomer among first UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellows

A University of Warwick researcher will be one of the first nine Stephen Hawking Fellows, announced today, who will continue Professor Stephen Hawking’s legacy by furthering our understanding of the universe and communicating the wonders of science to the public. They will tackle major scientific questions such as the nature of the early universe and dark matter and whether string theory really is a ‘theory of everything’, engaging with the public through stand-up comedy, art and music.

Fri 06 Mar 2020, 08:29 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, astronomy

Supercharged light pulverises asteroids, study finds

The majority of stars in the universe will become luminous enough to blast surrounding asteroids into successively smaller fragments using their light alone, according to a University of Warwick astronomer.

Mon 10 Feb 2020, 10:24 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, Space, astronomy

Stars need a partner to spin Universe’s brightest explosions

When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have found that it takes two stars to make a gamma-ray burst.

Mon 13 Jan 2020, 12:32 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, Space, astronomy

Hidden giant planet revealed around tiny white dwarf star

The first evidence of a giant planet orbiting a dead white dwarf star has been found in the form of a disc of gas formed from its evaporating atmosphere.

Wed 04 Dec 2019, 18:55 | Tags: research, Space, astronomy

Revealed: exoplanet’s ‘improbable’ survival

Using asteroseismology, a team including an astronomer from the University of Warwick, revised the parameters for two red-giant stars known to host exoplanets, and for one of them found that the planet should not exist in its current location based on current theories.

Wed 30 Oct 2019, 13:54 | Tags: Astrophysics, research, astronomy

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