Carnegie’s Shectman and Weinberger inaugural AAS Fellows

Washington, DC— Carnegie astronomers Stephen Shectman and Alycia Weinberger were selected for the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Astronomical Society in recognition of their “extraordinary achievement and service” to the field. 

Summer students’ science communication skills put to the test

Next month, most of the 2019 cohort of Observatories summer students will present posters of their work at the American Astronomical Society's 235th meeting. This will be an important culmination of one of the program's top goals—building the participants' science communications skills. Over the...

Letter from the Director: December 2019

Dear Friends, As another year comes to an end, it's nice to reflect on all that we have accomplished during the past 12 months. In 2019, we witnessed the shredding of a star by a black hole and found another star that experienced a similar black-hole encounter with Sagittarius A* at the center of...

Rosalie McGurk recognized for postdoctoral excellence

Rosalie McGurk was selected by the Carnegie Telescope Allocation Committee for the 2019 Thacher Award in recognition of an excellent research proposal from a postdoctoral scientist at The Carnegie Observatories or the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington, DC. The award is thanks to an...

Postdoc Spotlight: Rosalie McGurk

What questions are you pursuing in your career? Currently, we think galaxies grow two ways - they either gather gas and dust around them or they collide with other galaxies and they merge into one larger galaxy. I am interested in understanding galaxy mergers, and specifically how they affect the...

Gas giant composition not determined by host star

Pasadena, CA— A surprising analysis of the composition  of gas giant exoplanets and their host stars shows that there isn’t a strong correlation between their compositions when it comes to elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, according to new work l

Runaway star was ejected from the “heart of darkness”

Pasadena, CA—A star traveling at ultrafast speeds after being ejected by the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy was spotted by an international team of astronomers including Carnegie’s Ting Li and Alex Ji.