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News from the Chair

Groundbreaking Discovery of Orbiting Supermassive Black Holes

Karishma BansalGrad student Karishma Bansal and Professor Greg Taylor observed and measured a supermassive black hole orbiting another 750 million light years away; media response overwhelming.

See the UNM Newsroom article and the KRQE broadcast. Coverage as far afield as India, New Zealand, and further beyond. See the original article Constraining the Orbit of the Supermassive Black Hole Binary 0402+379 in The Astrophysical Journal.

News from the Chair

Acosta receives prestigious Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation award

Victor Acosta
Victor Acosta

Congratulations to Victor Acosta, UNM Physics & Astronomy assistant professor and CHTM faculty member, upon receiving a Beckman Young Investigators Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for his research project,“Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy on a Diamond Chip.” The award is in the amount of $750,000 and will begin September 1, 2017, distributed over four years.

See the full article from the Center for High Technology Materials website.


Upcoming Events


Fri 8/25, 3:30PM in Room 125, Robert Ward, Measuring Storms In Space-Time: Astronomy With Gravitational Radiation

Other Events:

Thu 8/24, 2:00PM in Room 190, Greg Taylor, Tales of the Eclipse

Thu 8/24, 3:30PM in Room 190, Alexey Gorshkov, Optimal Quantum Sensing


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science center

A digital rendering of what the future Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science center may look like

A new facility will help UNM researchers and students change the world

New Mexicans approved a General Obligation Bond C package. The facility could be completed by 2019


Interactive Astronomy Apps

Javascript apps

9 Educational Apps

Written by Kevin Dilts for the Astro 101 Lab, these free interactive javascript apps illustrate common astronomy concepts. Enjoy!

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