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Selected topics: Astronomy, astrophysics and space exploration
  • 08.07.2020
  • News
  • Press release

Zurich particle physicists make headlines with XENON collaboration

Axions are elementary particles with extremely low mass. So far they exist only in the brains of theoretical physicists, nobody has observed them. Really? Measurement results at detector XENON1T in Italy make one sit up and take notice.
This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System.
  • 28.05.2020
  • University of Geneva
  • Press release

ESPRESSO confirms the presence of an Earth around the nearest star

Researchers from the University of Geneva, have confirmed the existence of the Proxima b extrasolar planet using measurements from the Swiss-built ESPRESSO spectrograph.
Oliver Müller, Prix Schläfli 2020
  • 19.05.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Oliver Müller – Dwarf galaxies are quite orderly after all

He challenged the standard model of cosmology in his dissertation by demonstrating that dwarf galaxies have not invariably chaotic motions, but can also orbit around the main axis of their parent galaxy in an orderly fashion. This got Oliver Müller the Prix Schläfli award in Astronomy.
Winners of the Prix Schläfli 2020
  • 19.05.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • Press release

Prix Schläfli 2020 for the best four PhDs in science

The orbits of dwarf galaxies, forces in materials such as Teflon, tracing history through pollen, a new protective layer at root tips – these are the topics for which the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) has awarded the Prix Schläfli 2020 to the four most important insights gained by young researchers at Swiss universities. Alice Berhin (Biology), Oliver Müller (Astronomy), Robert Pollice (Chemistry) and Fabian Rey (Geosciences) receive the prize for the findings arrived at in their dissertations. Four of the candidates for the Prix Schläfli award were also selected as Young Scientists at the internationally prestigious 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
CHEOPS - CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite - is the first mission dedicated to searching for exoplanetary transits by performing ultrahigh precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets.
  • 16.04.2020
  • University of Bern
  • University of Geneva
  • Press release

CHEOPS space telescope ready for scientific operation

CHEOPS has reached its next milestone: Following extensive tests in Earth's orbit, some of which the mission team was forced to carry out from home due to the coronavirus crisis, the space telescope has been declared ready for science. CHEOPS stands for “CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite”, and has the purpose of investigating known exoplanets to determine, among other things, whether they have conditions that are hospitable to life.
Rosetta goes on an excursion (ESA)
  • 27.03.2020
  • ESA
  • News

Space science from home: resources for children and adults

With many people across the world staying at home these days, the European Space Agency (ESA) has curated a selection of activities for you to pass time and learn more about space science in the meantime.
Physicist Dr. Marina Battaglia is a senior researcher at the FHNW Institute for Data Science and works on the STIX project.
  • 19.03.2020
  • News
  • Press release

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland researches astroparticles of the Sun

Scientists at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) have spent around ten years building the Spectrometer / Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX). Since 10 February, the research instrument is travelling to the Sun. It will provide accurate measurements of the solar atmosphere and the solar wind and will also cover the polar regions of the Sun that cannot be observed from Earth.
  • 10.03.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Vier junge Forschende auserkoren für das 70. Lindauer Treffen der NobelpreisträgerInnen

Vier junge Forschende aus der Schweiz Franck Le Vaillant, Oliver Müller, Robert Pollice und Sabine Studer wurden auserkoren am international prestigeträchtigen 70. Lindauer Treffen der NobelpreisträgerInnen Ende Juni teilzunehmen. Die Akademie der Naturwissenschaft (SCNAT) nominiert jährlich geeignete Kandidatinnen und Kandidaten aus den jungen Forschenden, die für den Prix Schläfli nominiert worden sind.
ESA's Solar Orbiter mission to observe the Sun
  • 13.01.2020
  • CSR
  • News

Launch of Solar Orbiter with Swiss STIX instrument

Solar Orbiter is a mission led by the European Space Agency (ESA) to observe our closest star, the Sun. The launch from Cape Canaveral, USA, is now foreseen on the morning of 10 February (CET). The Spectrometer / Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX) is one of the 10 instruments on board and was developed in Switzerland by the "Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz" (FHNW).
Artist's impression of CHEOPS in space
  • 19.12.2019
  • NCCR PlanetS
  • News

CHEOPS successfully launched

The relief was huge when the Soyuz Fregat rocket with CHEOPS on board took off shortly before 10 a.m. MEZ on Wednesday, 18 December 2019. The spectators at the University of Bern followed the ESA live coverage from Kourou, French Guiana, with great applause.
Oliver Müller, winner the Edith Alice Müller Award 2019
  • 24.10.2019
  • Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy
  • News

Edith Alice Müller Award 2019

The PhD Prize of the Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy (SSAA) is awarded this year to Oliver Müller for his dissertation on "Small-scale cosmology with dwarf galaxies" conducted at the University of Basel.
Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, Nobel laureate in Physics 2019
  • 08.10.2019
  • Observatoire Astronomique
  • University of Geneva
  • News
  • Press release

Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, Physics Nobel prize laureates 2019

The two researchers from the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Geneva share this extraordinary distinction with James Peebles, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University in the United States. The Nobel Prize was awarded to the Swiss scientists for the discovery in 1995 of the first planet outside our solar system.
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