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Longest-lasting stellar eclipse discovered

Feb. 17, 2016—Astronomers have discovered an unnamed pair of stars that sets a new record for both the longest duration stellar eclipse (3.5 years) and longest period between eclipses (69 years) in a binary system.

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Keivan Stassun receives Diversity Visionary Award

Jun. 10, 2015—Astronomer Keivan Stassun has received "INSIGHT into Diversity" magazine's 2015 Diversity Visionary Award, called "the only national individual honor in higher education of its kind."

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Vanderbilt physicist to be featured on ‘Through the Wormhole’

May. 1, 2015—Physicist Tom Weiler talks about time travel on an upcoming episode of Discovery Science Channel's "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman."

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Scherrer’s new blog explores the science in science fiction

Apr. 24, 2015—In his new blog “Cosmic Yarns,” Robert Scherrer, who is both chair of the Astronomy and Physics Department and a published science fiction author, explores the intersection between science and science fiction.

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Vanderbilt’s links to the solar neighborhood

Sep. 15, 2011—If Davy Kirkpatrick’s calculations stand up, then Vanderbilt will have solid connections to two of the Sun’s nearest stellar neighbors. One link is long standing. Barnard’s star, which is six light years away from the Sun and its second-closest neighbor, was discovered in 1916 by Vanderbilt astronomer E.E. Barnard. The second, discovered by Kirkpatrick and...

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