Behind the Scenes, This Navy Veteran is Instrumental in Astronomers’ Success

Astronomer John Wilson

Meet the award-winning UVA scientist who led the construction of a sensitive astronomical observation tool, from first cut of the metal to first light through the lens, in an “unheard-of” 16 months.

Organic Molecules Survive Radiation Near Black Hole, Study Shows

Image of the central part of galaxy M77, as observed by ALMA and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Using the world’s largest radio telescope, U.Va. astrochemist Eric Herbst has discovered that pockets of calm exist even in the tumultuous region of a black hole.

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