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June 5, 2020
In experiments at the National Ignition Facility, a SLAC-led team found new details about how supernovas boost charged particles to nearly the speed of light.
A computer simulation of the turbulent magnetic fields in two plasma shock waves, which were created in the lab to mimic astrophysical shocks.
June 4, 2020
News Feature
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, which will map millions of galaxies in 3D from a mountaintop in Arizona, has reached its final milestone toward its startup.
Mayall Telescope Star Trails
June 1, 2020
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Blandford’s major contributions range from energetic jets ripping forth from colossal black holes to cosmic “magnifying” glasses to gravitational waves.
Roger Blandford
May 6, 2020
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Siegfried Glenzer's team and collaborators from Tel Aviv University are working on a method that could make proton accelerators 100 times smaller without giving up any of their power.
Glenzer-LaserProtonAcceleration
March 31, 2020
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Just like we orbit the sun and the moon orbits us, the Milky Way has satellite galaxies with their own satellites. Drawing from data on those galactic neighbors, a new model suggests the Milky Way should have an additional 100 or so very faint satellite galaxies awaiting discovery.
Dark matter forms into clumps, where galaxies and satellite galaxies form.
January 13, 2020
News Feature
Matching up maps of matter and light from the Dark Energy Survey and Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope may help astrophysicists understand what causes a faint cosmic gamma-ray glow.
DES-Fermi
January 7, 2020
News Feature
Symmetry
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will be named for an influential astronomer who left the field better than she found it.
Vera Rubin
December 18, 2019
News Feature
As the massive LSST camera project reaches its culmination, Hannah Pollek is one of the engineers in the clean room each day putting the pieces together.
Hannah Pollek Portrait
November 6, 2019
News Feature
His work aims to deepen our understanding of dark matter, dark energy and other secrets of the universe.
Photo of Panofsky fellow Daniel Gruen
October 28, 2019
News Feature
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument begins final testing, setting the stage for a 5-year survey that will analyze the light of 35 million galaxies.
DESI 'eyes'

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