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On Sunday, April 16, 2017, Dr. James Webb, FIU astrophysicist and director of the Stocker Astroscience Center, collaborated with UF astrophysicist Dr. Steve Eikenberry to observe a unique Blazar called S5 0716+71 with the largest optical telescope in the world. The Grand Telescipo Canarias, has a mirror which is 10.4 meters in diameter and is the largest steerable ground-based optical telescope in the world. It is located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma.

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Congratulations to the 2017 SISH Scholarship awardees in Chemistry, Astronomy and Physics! The awards will be presented on Thursday, May 4, 4-6pm, at the MARC Pavilion, , including the Fred Hoover Memorial Endowment Award, the Zaida Morales-Martinez & Howard E. Moore Chemistry Awards, and the Southern Cross Astronomical Society Awards.

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FIU mathematics faculty Ada Monserrat, recently visited the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow, Russia. Click on the link above to read about her trip!

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William B. Cook, a NASA meteor expert, reported in a email to NASA headquarters that the fireball originated about 60 miles above West Bend, Wis., moving about 38,000 miles an hour toward the northeast before disintegrating about 21 miles above Lake Michigan.

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This year will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. Make sure to mark your calendar - August 21!

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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 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.

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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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