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Student jobs at DARK

18 April 2018

We are looking for bright, ambitious students to assist us with different administration and event logistics tasks 5 to 20 hours a week.

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The most distant single star ever detected

03 April 2018

Two ‘twinkling’ stars in galaxies billions of light years away have been spotted thanks to the gravity-based magnifying power of the galactic clusters between the stars and us, report two papers published online this week in Nature Astronomy. 

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Science Magazine: Neutron star collision aftermath is the scientific breakthrough of the year

21 December 2017

The research result released on October 16th, in which DARK scientists played a significant role, led to the finding that heavy elements, such as gold and platinum, come from come from merging neutron stars emitting gravitational waves.

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Do supernovae influence Earth’s weather?

20 December 2017

Cosmic rays flung out from exploding stars have an impact on our weather. New research in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark, involving DARK scientist Jacob Svensmark, has found that ions in Earth's atmosphere produced by supernovae are seeding clouds.

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Women in Physics Prize 2017 awarded to up and coming astrophysicist Sarah Pearson

27 November 2017

Together with the well-deserved KIF prize of 5000 Danish crowns, Christina Nis, Professor MSO at Roskilde University and member of the KiF Prize award committee, delivered these fine words to the Columbia-based Phd student

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Anja C. Andersen has been awarded the Danish Authors' Society Literary Prize 2017

17 November 2017

The prize has previously been awarded, among others, to Ebbe Kløvedal Reich, Tor Nørretranders, Jørn Lund, Peter Øvig Knudsen, Jens Andersen, Ulrik Langen and Søren Ryge. This year, the prize is shared between Anja C. Andersen and Henrik Wivel.

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New discovery: Supernova explodes several times

08 November 2017

Astronomers have for the first time discovered a star that exploded multiple times over a period of more than fifty years. These observations are challenging existing theories on cosmic catastrophes.

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Neutron star smash shakes universe

17 October 2017

Scientists have, for the first time, captured gravitational waves as well as light, from two neutron stars that orbited each other ever closer to eventually collide. The groundbreaking discovery begins a...

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Sådan gjorde de: Den største astronomiske opdagelse i nyere tid

16 October 2017

En videnskabelig sensation kom i hus, da tusindvis af forskere samarbejdede om at måle tyngdebølger og lys fra sammenstødet mellem to neutronstjerner 140 millioner lysår væk.

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Astronomerne har fået en ekstra sans

16 October 2017

Nu er det for første gang lykkedes at detektere tyngdebølger såvel som elektromagnetiske stråling fra det samme objekt. Vi har fået en ny sans, så vi nu også kan opfatte tyngdeverdenen, vi kan både se og høre universet.

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Now we know where the heavy elements come from

16 October 2017

The discovery of a kilonova produced by the collision of two neutron stars brings researchers a big step closer to the explanation of one of the great puzzles of science: how the heaviest elements in the universe were formed.

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ALMA and Rosetta Detect Freon-40 in Space

03 October 2017

Observations made with ALMA and ESA’s Rosetta mission by an international team, including researchers from NBI, have revealed the presence of the organohalogen Freon-40 in gas around both an infant star and a comet.

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Star formation influenced by local environmental conditions

15 September 2017

Three scientists at Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen, have carried out extensive computer simulations related to star formation, and they conclude that the present ‘standard explanatory model’ is lacking...

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Darach Watson modtager Dansk Magisterforenings Naturvidenskabelige Forskningspris 2017

13 September 2017

Darach Watson fra Dark Cosmology Center på Niels Bohr Institutet har opfundet en metode til at måle afstande i universet og har opdaget den fjerneste støvholdige galakse. Derfor får han DA´s naturvidenskabelige forskningspris 2017.

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At the age of 85-year old, Erik Høg is planning a satellite to be launched in 20 years

04 July 2017

Erik Høg, who celebrated his 85th birthday earlier this year, has just had his fourth major astrometry project approved, a project that he started in 2013 and one that ESA is now joining. A satellite that will be launched in 20 years.

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Unexpected rotation in a stone-dead galaxy

20 June 2017

A joint European-US study led by experts from Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, reveals a rotating stellar disk à la the Milky Way in a stone-dead galaxy 10 billion light-years from Earth.

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New astronomy center will reveal the cosmic dawn

19 April 2017

Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN) is a new basic research centre funded by the Danish National Research Foundation and located at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen in close collaboration with DTU Space.

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The Villum Foundation invests 80 MDKK in the dark universe and climate change

20 March 2017

Niels Bohr Institute Professors Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Centre for Ice and Climate and Jens Hjorth, Dark Cosmology Centre, have obtained a grant of nearly 40 million Danish crowns each, from the new Villum Investigator program.

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The Villum Foundation invests 80 MDKK in the dark universe and climate change

20 March 2017

Niels Bohr Institute Professors Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Centre for Ice and Climate and Jens Hjorth, Dark Cosmology Centre, have obtained a grant of nearly 40 million Danish crowns each, from the new Villum Investigator program.

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Carlsberg supports Danish Mars research

30 January 2017

Morten Bo Madsen, head of the Mars Group at the Niels Bohr Institute, has received a grant of 2.5 million kroner from the Carlsberg Foundation for the project: A Field Trip 250 million km from home – Salary for Essential Expert and Materials...

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Christa Gall starts as Associate Professor and Carlsberg Fellow

02 January 2017

Welcome to Christa Gall, who started December 1 2016 as Associate Professor, funded by her Carlsberg grant. Her project is titled "Hunting molecules in supernovae".  

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Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz receives Niels Bohr Professorship

20 May 2016

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, will be a Niels Bohr Professor at Dark Cosmology Centre at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.

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Dark Cosmology Centre in hunt for gravitational wave sources

11 February 2016

Dark Cosmology Centre in hunt for gravitational wave sourcesToday it was announced that gravitational waves, a key prediction of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, have been directly detected for the first time and astrophysicists from the Niels Bohr Institute’s Dark Cosmology Centre...

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Georgios Magdis receives grant from Villum Foundation

19 January 2016

Georgios Magdis receives grant from Villum Foundation Georgios Magdis, an assistant professor at the Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, has received a grant of five million kroner from the Villum Foundation’s Young Investigator Programme.

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Super-bright supernova with extreme burst of gamma radiation

08 July 2015

Super-bright supernova with extreme burst of gamma radiation Astronomers from DARK have observed a super-bright supernova association with a very unusual long lasting gamma-ray burst. Gamma-ray bursts are in rare cases observed in connection with supernovae, which are the

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Anja Andersen gives this year's Rosseland Lecture

08 April 2015

April 8th 2015, Anja Andersen gave this year's Rosseland lecture about her research at DARK about cosmic dust in the interstellar medium. The Rosseland Lecture is held annually by the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics of the University of Oslo.  

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Astronomers observe four images of the same supernova using a cosmic lens

05 March 2015

Astronomers have for the first time observed a supernova multiply-imaged due to gravitational lensing. It is published in the scientific magazine Science in a special issue celebrating the centenary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

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Astronomers find dust in the early universe

02 March 2015

Dust plays an extremely important role in the universe – both in the formation of planets and new stars. But the earliest galaxies had no dust, only gas. Now an international team of astronomers, led by researchers from DARK

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Astronomers find dust in the early universe

02 March 2015

Dust plays an extremely important role in the universe – both in the formation of planets and new stars. But the earliest galaxies had no dust, only gas. Now an international team of astronomers, led by researchers from DARK.

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Snapshot of cosmic burst of radio waves

19 January 2015

Snapshot of cosmic burst of radio waves A strange phenomenon has been observed by astronomers right as it was happening – a ‘fast radio burst’. The eruption is described as an extremely short, sharp flash of radio waves from an unknown source in the universe.

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Using supermassive black holes to measure cosmic distances

26 November 2014

One of the major problems in astronomy is measuring very large distances in the universe. Research from DARK shows that precise distances can be measured using supermassive black holes. The results are now published in Nature.

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Mystery of dwarf galaxy could be ejected black hole

19 November 2014

Mystery of dwarf galaxy could be ejected black hole Astronomers have observed a mysterious pheno- menon, which could be a massive black hole that has been ejected into space in connection with two galaxies colliding. This may be due to gravitational waves from the collision.

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Cosmic grains of dust formed in supernova explosion

09 July 2014

New research published in Nature shows that not only can grains of dust form in gigantic supernova explosions, they can also survive the subsequent shockwaves they are exposed to. Led by researchers from Aarhus and DARK

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Monster gamma-ray burst in our cosmic neighbourhood

21 November 2013

Gamma-ray bursts are violent bursts of gamma radiation associated with exploding massive stars. For the first time ever, researchers from DARK, among others, have observed an unusually powerful gamma-ray

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