The Astronomy Department
Five planets revealed after 20 years of observation
Discovery of five new planets with periods of revolution between 15 and 40 years. It took 20 years of regular observations to achieve this result.
HARPS Sees Sunshine for the First Time
HELIOS is an instrument that was installed in April 2018 to feed sunlight via fibre optics to the HARPS (High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher) spectrograph.
Exoplanets, on the hunt of Universal Life
Prof Didier Queloz, Conference organised by Chemistry society on ongoing developments related to recent work done in collaboration with colleagues biochemists providing some new insights about the origins of life on Earth and prospect of “Universal life”…
GAIA creates the richest star catalogue to date
1.7 billions stars... yes, billions, not millions. This is the number of #stars included in the new catalog released today by the Gaia #satellite team. The exploration of this catalog will allow many discoveries, also regarding our own galaxy and...
Using cosmic lens to discover most distant star ever observed
An international team of astronomers, including researchers from UNIGE, has detected the most distant individual star observed to date, located 9 billion light-years from Earth. This star, normally too weak to be seen, could be observed thanks to a gravit…