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  • Graduate student Christina Gilligan was a co-winner in the Guarini 
    School of  Graduate Studies three-minute thesis competition. Without 
    slides, notes or props, Christina presented a three minute summary of 
    her thesis research on the oldest stars in our galaxy to a panel of 
    judges at the Top of the Hop.  Christina will represent Dartmouth at the 
    Ivy League three minute thesis competition, which will occur at the 
    United Nations in New York City ...

  • Pictured above is the first ever direct image of a black hole. The subject of the photograph is a supermassive black hole residing in the center of the M87 galaxy in the Virgo constellation, and it took a team of scientists over a decade to visually capture. This team used the technique of Very-Long-Baseline-Interferometry and powerful atomic clocks to virtually "link" eight large radio telescopes from around the world into one effective dish that was able to precisely gather the relevant...

  • Like much of the known universe — not to mention all that rests beyond it — Marcelo Gleiser eludes straightforward classification. He is a theoretical physicist, a cosmologist, an Ivy League professor, an ultramarathon runner, an author, a blogger and book reviewer for NPR, a starry-...

  • Every other winter, the department sends a handful of motivated students to Cape Town, South Africa, where they spend ten weeks conducting independent research, doing youth outreach at local schools, and taking courses in astronomy. This includes one full week at the South African Astronomical Observatory, home to the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere, SALT. Pictured above are the 2019 student participants, enjoying a day off to go sightseeing along the Cape of Good Hope.


  • Symmetry Magazine lists 10 seemingly normal words that mean something different in a scientific context.

  • "I study supermassive, hyperactive black holes called blazars in order to understand how nature does particle acceleration. I use blazars–supermassive black holes at the centers of massive galaxies that “spin up” jets of particles moving at nearly the speed of light–as my laboratory. By obtaining observations across the electromagnetic spectrum from radio, optical, and all the way through to gamma-rays, I piece together how and why these black holes are able to create such efficient particle...

  • "I use observations to study the most common type of star in our Galaxy: small, cool stars called M dwarfs. How do these stars' spins and magnetic properties change over time? What types of planets orbit them?"

    Read more about the 2019 incoming Faculty members including Professor Newton from Dartmouth News


    Earth's magnetosphere

    Earth's magnetosphere. Credits: Andøya Space Center/Trond Abrahamsen

    On Jan. 4, Dartmouth Professor James Labelle’s electromagnetic sounding equipment became a payload for NASA’s CAPER-2...

  • Christine Qi '19 pictured second from left, visited The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for four months as a research intern in particle physics analysis.  CERN operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and is responsible for the discovery of Higgs boson in 2012.  There she designed a set of event selections for Higgs boson pair production which will confirm the existence of Higgs self-coupling predicted by the Standard Model.

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  • The Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses (BARREL) is a NASA sponsored, multiple-balloon investigation that studies Earth's radiation belts. The most recent launch was designed and overseen by Dartmouth physics Professor Robyn Millan and her "Balloon Group", who released the atmospheric sounding device from McMurdo Station, Antarctica on Dec. 9, 2018, as pictured above. Their BARREL payload flies as a mission of opportunity on a NASA superpressure balloon, and is...