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February

FIU astronomer James Webb and physics students turned the SARA south telescope to Centaurus A during his telescope time and observed the new supernova detected in the distant galaxy Centaurus A.

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In perhaps the most dramatic and important detection of our generation, the elusive gravitational waves emitted by two coalescing Black holes have finally been detected! The announcement was made on Thursday, February 11, by the LIGO group. These waves, predicted by Einstein's General Theory of Relativity were finally detected after a 100 year search!

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Students will be on hand every Saturday night to set up telescopes for other students every Saturday night, 7:00 pm until 10:00 at the Stocker Astroscience center. This program is funded by the SISH and College of Arts, Sciences and Education.

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April

Dr. Webb opened up the SARA JKT telescope on La Palma Canary Islands on Friday, April 8th. Starting at 3:00 pm EST Dr. Webb and physics students Daniel Puentes, Steven Revesz, and Carman Vargas logged in across the Atlantic Ocean from the control room and began observing quasar 0716+71. The observations were supplemented by local observations after dark in Miami.

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June

An important International Conference in Astronomy Dr. Webb served on the Scientific organizing committee and gave an invited talk on his research on Blazar micro variability.

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July

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) has awarded FIU physics professor Caroline Simpson the 2016 Richard H. Emmons Award. The ASP is the largest general astronomy society in the world with members from over 70 nations.

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August

Chinese graduate students from Beijing Normal University works at the Stocker Astroscience center during the month of August.

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September

Dr. Tigran Abrahamyan is interviewed by one of the premier Russian TV stations in the Stocker Astrosciece Spaceship Control room about the mis-understanding between NASA and astrologers!

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Dr. Webb took his class notes for Extragalactic astrophysics and groomed then into a text book, and it was accepted for publication by the Instite of Physics, through the Morgan and Claypool publishers, and is publishing the advanced text as part of their Concise text series.

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October

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November

As the moon reaches full phase Monday, Nov. 14, it will be the closest it’s been to Earth since 1948. There will not be another supermoon like this until 2034.

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Dr. Webb is awarded CASE Community Outreach Award

Dr. Webb was joined fellow physicists Rajamani Narayanan, Xuewen Wang, Richard Bone, Jin He, and Wenzhi Li in picking up awards at the first College of Arts, Sciences, and Educations awards mixer. Dr. Webb won for his community outreach activities including star parties, school visits, and planetarium concerts.