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Bitten Gullberg awarded the Villum Young Investigator grant

January 23, 2023

Congratulations to Bitten Gullberg who has just been awarded DKK 5.5 million by the Villum Foundation through their Young Investigator Programme, funding her project “Exploring the infLuence of the Local envIronment on the Production of Stars In Starbursts” (ELLIPSIS).

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Charlotte Mason awarded large grant from the Carlsberg Foundation

December 22, 2022

Charlotte Mason has received the “Semper Ardens: Accelerate” grant from the Carlsberg Foundation of DKK 5,000,000. The grant will be used to investigate how, and when, the first stars in the Universe formed.

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Record distant galaxy confirmed with the James Webb Space Telescope

December 12, 2022

After half a year of frequent new candidates for the most distant galaxy ever seen, astronomers have finally acquired the conclusive evidence: a spectrum, allowing the researchers to measure the exact wavelengths of the light emitted from the galaxies in the past, and hence to determine their distances unambiguously. Four galaxies have been confirmed, with the most distant one seen only 320 million years after the Big Bang.

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Astronomers discover enigmatic cosmic explosion

December 8, 2022

Gamma-ray bursts are the most powerful explosions in the Universe, resulting from either collapsing stars or from the collision of two compact stellar remnants. But a recent discovery fits in neither, or both, of these categories, challenging our understanding of their source. Astronomers from the Niels Bohr Institute played an important role in the study that may lead us to revise our theories about these violent events.

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Farthest galaxy candidate yet known discovered by James Webb

November 22, 2022

Less than a week after the James Webb Space Telescope was ready for science, the first reports of discoveries of galaxies at record distances and, consequently, at record-early times appeared in preprints. Even more remarkably, these galaxies seem to be so massive that they challenge our understanding of how structure forms in the Universe. Now the two first of these reports have undergone the mandatory peer-review and have been accepted for publication in the scientific journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters, substantiating the robustness of the result. However, astronomers are still waiting for the conclusive evidence — spectroscopy.

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Shuowen Jin receives the 2022 IOP China Top Cited Paper Award

November 4, 2022

Congratulations to Shouwen Jin, who for the second year in a row is among the most cited Chinese astronomers, earning him the prize from IOP Publishing.

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Darach Watson receives the ERC Synergy Grant

October 25, 2022

Congrats to Darach Watson and his collaborators with their successful ERC Research Synergy Grant! Their project HEAVYMETAL will provide a better understanding of the marvelous phenomenon “kilonovae” and their formation of the heavy elements in the Universe.

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Master student discovers a group of galaxies clustered together in the early Universe

September 12, 2022

While developing and testing astronomical software on existing data, a master student in astronomy fortuitously discovered a group of galaxies in the very early Universe. In addition to demonstrating the potential of the software, the finding provides insight into the assembly of massive structures, as well as how some galaxies cease to form stars.

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Astronomers discover a swarm of galaxies orbiting a hyper-luminous galaxy

September 11, 2022

Using the Very Large Telescope and the radio telescope ALMA in Chile, a team of astronomers including researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute has discovered a swarm of galaxies orbiting the surroundings of a hyper-luminous and vigorously star-forming galaxy in the early Universe. The observation provides important clues to how exceptionally bright galaxies grow, and to how they evolve into energetic quasars, beaming light across most of the observable Universe.

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Kasper Heintz receives EUR 207,000 from the Villum Foundation for building a new binocular telescope

September 8, 2022

Congratulations to Kasper Heintz, who has just been awarded a grant for building and installing two cameras at two different observatories. The cameras will enable astronomers to monitor short-lived astronomical phenomena such as stellar explosions, exoplanet transits, and Earth-impacting meteors.

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