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Eight years of science with the Robopol polarimeter - "Looking at the polarized Universe: past, present, and future"

We are celebrating 8 years of science with the RoboPol optical polarimeter, which has operated since 2013 at the Skinakas Observatory in Crete (Greece).

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The HR 8799 planetary system - precise as a Swiss watch

Prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Goździewski and dr hab. Cezary Migaszewski, prof. NCU published their latest results in the article "An Exact, Generalized Laplace Resonance in the HR 8799 Planetary System", Astrophysical Journal Letters, 2020, 902, id. L40. It is the result of many years of research, which allowed to find a stable and consistent with the observations orbital configuration of the system of four massive planets orbiting the star HR 8799.

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6th workshop on Compact Steep Spectrum and GHz-Peaked Spectrum Radio Sources

On May 10-14 at the NCU Institute of Astronomy, a conference entitled: "6th Workshop on Compact Steep Spectrum (CSS) and Gigahertz-Peaked Spectrum (GPS) Radio Sources" will be held. The meeting will be in a remote format and has been divided into several sessions in different time zones so that conference participants from different continents can actively participate in it.

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Journey of water in space

Ultra-sensitive radio images reveal thousands of star-forming galaxies in early Universe

An international team of astronomers, including scientists from Poland, has published the most sensitive images of the Universe ever taken at low radio frequencies, using the International Low Frequency Array (LOFAR). By observing the same regions of sky over and over again and combining the data to make a single very-long exposure image, the team has detected the faint radio glow of stars exploding as supernovae, in tens of thousands of galaxies out to the most distant parts of the Universe. A special issue of the scientific journal Astronomy & Astrophysics is dedicated to fourteen research papers describing these images and the first scientific results.

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The birth of radio galaxies

Astronomers managed to observe the birth of radio galaxies and trace their development during the first several years of their lives.

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Three elder sisters of the Sun with planets

Seven new cosmic masers

The astronomers from Toruń have successfully completed the survey of the Milky Way plane. They searched for gas clouds, where there was a maser reinforcement of the OH molecule. They saw seven new sources - each of them brings scientists closer to the process by which massive stars are born. - It is like listening to the buzzing of a mosquito during a loud concert - backstage observations are recapitulated by Prof. Anna Bartkiewicz.

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6th Workshop of CSS and GPS Radio Sources

The ‘6th Workshop on CSS and GPS Radio Sources’ is announced to be organized in Toruń on June 10-12, 2020. The aim of this meeting is to present the latest research results and conduct fruitful discussions by theoreticians and observers of CSS and GPS sources in the widest possible frequency range. The conference is possible thanks to funding from InterAPS NAWA and Radionet programs. Here you can find the conference website:

Our University in the elite

Our University - as one of 10 Polish universities - has obtained the status of a research university and faces a historic opportunity for development.

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