Science February 24, 2017
Saturn’s Rings Viewed in the Mid-infrared
A team of researchers has succeeded in measuring the brightnesses and temperatures of Saturn’s rings using the mid-infrared images taken by the Subaru Telescope in 2008. The images are the highest resolution ground-based views ever made.
Topics February 17, 2017
Two Researchers in the Division of Theoretical Astronomy Receive Awards from the Inoue Foundation for Science
Two researchers in the Division of Theoretical Astronomy, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, received awards from the Inoue Foundation for Science.
Science February 8, 2017
Protostar displays a strange geometry
Using observations of molecules taken by the ALMA observatory, researchers have uncovered new clues to understanding how dust in a collapsing molecular cloud can shed angular momentum and penetrate beyond an area known as the “centrifugal barrier”.
Science February 2, 2017
Tail of Stray Black Hole hiding in the Milky Way
By analyzing the gas motion of an extraordinarily fast-moving cosmic cloud in a corner of the Milky Way, astronomers found hints of a wandering black hole hidden in the cloud.
Science January 31, 2017
Tracing the Cosmic Web with Star-forming Galaxies in the Distant Universe
A research group led by Hiroshima University has revealed a picture of the increasing fraction of massive star-forming galaxies in the distant universe.
Science January 27, 2017
Cosmic lenses Bring the Universe’s Expansion into Sharper Focus
By using distant galaxies as giant gravitational lenses, an international group of astronomers has made an independent measurement of how fast the Universe is expanding.
Science January 24, 2017
Micro spacecraft investigates cometary water mystery
In September 2015, Astronomers successfully observed the entire hydrogen coma of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, using the LAICA telescope onboard the PROCYON spacecraft. They also succeeded in obtaining the absolute rate of water discharge from the comet.
Topics December 16, 2016
ALMA Management Agreement Signed
On November 17, the Management Agreement Concerning Operations of ALMA was signed by NAOJ, AUI and ESO.
Topics December 12, 2016
NAOJ and UTSA Sign an Agreement to Collaborate in Astronomy
To further strengthen international collaboration, NAOJ and UTSA signed a memorandum of understanding on collaboration in astronomy.
Topics December 9, 2016
Special Website “Multiwavelength Universe” Wins the WebAward 2016 Best Science Site
NAOJ’s special website, “Multiwavelength Universe” won the WebAward 2016 Best Science Site. The Web Marketing Association in the United States of America gives these awards to excellent websites.