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A faint blue galaxy about 30 million light-years from Earth and located in the constellation Leo Minor could shed new light on conditions at the birth of the universe. Astronomers at Indiana University recently found that a galaxy nicknamed Leoncino, or “little lion,” contains the lowest level of heavy chemical elements, or “metals,” ever observed […]

Catherine Pilachowski

April 1, 2015

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Pilachowski, a professor of astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington, researches the history of the Milky Way galaxy and the evolution of stars.

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Want to build a comet? Or a volcano? Take your pick on Saturday, Oct. 26, when IU Bloomington’s astronomy, chemistry, geological sciences, mathematics, and physics departments host their annual open houses. The day-long event includes fundamental experiments designed to thrill — think pumpkins flying out fifth-floor windows and lots of electromagnetic sparks, informative presentations on dark […]

Introducing Leo P

May 10, 2013

  Meet Leo P, a new dwarf galaxy identified by astronomers using the WIYN 3.5m telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Southern Arizona (WIYN is owned and operated by the WIYN Consortium, which consists of University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, Yale University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory). IU Bloomington astronomer Katherine Rhode worked […]

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