The Sun is so large that a million Earths could fit inside it, yet there are stars much larger than the Sun, and the distances between them are truly awesome. The large sizes encountered in astronomy are part of its fascination, but depicting them is perhaps astronomy's greatest challenge.
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Price Prize winners, Sayan Chakraborti of the Tata Institute and Michele Fumagalli of Santa Cruz will visit CCAPP in 2012.
An otherwise nondescript binary star system in the Whirlpool Galaxy has brought astronomers tantalizingly close to their goal of observing a star just before it goes supernova.
Single star systems, like our Solar System, compose the minority of stellar system within our galaxy while binary systems dominate. New research suggests that binary systems, particularly in globular cluster Omega Centauri, may not produce the level of heavy elements current models predict.
Astronomy is often associated with the breath-taking photos of far off nebulae and galaxies, but the instruments responsible for capturing these universal beauties are often forgotten. Read about some of the instruments that Ohio State's Imaging Sciences Lab has designed and built.