We're excited to announce the 2018 Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series. This will be the 16th season of the popular Series, and once again, we’re delighted to partner with The Huntington Library at their beautiful venue. Since the past year has seen some of the most-revolutionary discoveries in the history of astronomy, the 2018 Series promises to be especially exciting; it includes two of our finest young postdoctoral fellows—Drs. Marja Seidel and Maria Drout—along with top scientists from Harvard and JPL.

Artist's rendition of extra-solar planets.Pasadena, CA— A star about 100 light years away in the Pisces constellation, GJ 9827, hosts what may be one of the most massive and dense super-Earth planets detected to date according to new research led by Carnegie’s Johanna Teske. This new information provides evidence to help astronomers better understand the process by which such planets form.

ImagePasadena, CA— A team of astronomers led by Carnegie’s Eduardo Bañados used Carnegie’s Magellan telescopes to discover the most-distant supermassive black hole ever observed. It resides in a luminous quasar and its light reaches us from when the universe was only 5 percent of its current age—just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Their findings are published by Nature.