The Submillimeter Array - Maunakea, HI
Brightest Gamma-Ray Burst Ever Observed Reveals New Mysteries of Cosmic Explosions
Hydrogen Masers Reveal New Secrets of a Massive Star
Astronomers Reveal First Image of the Black Hole at the Heart of Our Galaxy
Bringing Black Holes to Light
Connecting the Dots: From Black Hole Theory to Actual Images
Astronomers to Announce Groundbreaking Result on the Center of Our Galaxy at Press Conference
The Youngest Stellar Embryos in Massive Clouds
Telescopes Unite in Unprecedented Observations of Famous Black Hole
Harvard, Smithsonian Astronomers Help Capture First Image of Black Hole’s Magnetic Fields
CfA Plays Central Role In Capturing Landmark Black Hole Image
Coordinated Molecular Probe Line Extinction Thermal Emission (COMPLETE) Survey of Star Forming Regions
Star formation is a complex process, beginning from cold clouds of gas and dust and ending with the diverse population of stars we observe in our galaxy and beyond. Studying that process requires many different types of astronomical observations to capture the composition, dynamics, and other properties of star-forming regions. While most researchers focus on certain aspects of these systems, the COordinated Molecular Probe Line Extinction Thermal Emission (COMPLETE) Survey of Star Forming Regions was an ambitious project designed to capture as much information as possible, using data from multiple observatories to accomplish the task. During the survey’s data-collecting period, each of these observatories provided a different type of observation on three star-forming regions in the Milky Way, across the infrared, microwave, and radio part of the spectrum of light. COMPLETE was a collaboration between astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian and other universities around the world.
From Molecular Cores to Planet Forming Disks (c2d)
Since the 1990s, astronomers have identified thousands of exoplanets, indicating that the Milky Way alone could be host to hundreds of billions of planets. However, we are still learning how these planets formed in the first place, crucial information in understanding the variety of systems researchers have cataloged. To fill in those gaps, astronomers from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian collaborated with others from around the world on the project named “From Molecular Cores to Planet Forming Disks” (c2d). This program used NASA’s Spitzer Infrared Space Telescope to observe star-forming systems and the protoplanetary disks where future planets are born. The c2d program ended its observational phase in the mid-2000s, but maintains a catalog of these systems that continues to be used by astronomers studying star formation.