• SHAO's new progress on explaining the Fermi Bubbles in the Milky Way

    Two giant gamma-ray bubbles above and below the Galactic plane were discovered by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope on 2010. How did the called Fermi bubbles form? How can we explain their observational characteristics, such as their morphology, distribution of surface brightness and so on? In the last years, astronomers from

    08 25, 2015
  • Professor Melanie Johnston-Hollitt from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand visited Shanghai Astronomical Observatory

    On August 21 of 2015, Professor Melanie Johnston-Hollitt from Victoria University of Wellington, who is also the Chairperson of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) Board, and Dr. Luke Pratley and Dr. Qian Zheng visited Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO), and had a conversation with Director Xiaoyu Hong, the Academician of th...

    08 25, 2015
  • How do barred galaxies get two bars?

    The Milky Way Galaxy, our home, is not just a spiral galaxy, but a barred spiral. About two thirds of spiral galaxies are classified as barred spirals, among which one type is even more special by hosting two bars. These are termed spiral galaxies with two bars (S2B in short. In Chinese, 2B often means being idiotic when it is used...

    07 22, 2015
  • The 2nd International Association of Planetary Sciences (IAPS) Scientific Assembly (IAPS2015)

    The 2nd International Association of Planetary Sciences (IAPS) Scientific Assembly (IAPS2015) was held at the Kazan Federal University, 1-4 June 2015, Kazan, Russia, which presented the recent results of the research in space geodesy, dynamical astronomy, astrometry and planetary sciences, and

    06 04, 2015
  • SHAO celebrates Public Open Day of CAS with a variety of amazing activities

    Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO) celebrates the 11th annual Public Open Day of the China Academy of Science (CAS) on May 16-17, also the National Science and Technology Week, as well as the International Day of Museum on May 18, with a variety of activities. It includes the opening of Shanghai Key Laboratory of Space Naviga...

    05 21, 2015
  • An International Meeting “Black Hole Accretion and AGN Feedback” to be held in SHAO

    In July 1 – 5, 2015,an international meeting “Black Hole Accretion and AGN Feedback”, organized by Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), will be held in Shanghai. This conference is co-chaired by Prof. Feng Yuan (the director of the Research Center for Galaxies and Cosmology), Prof. ...

    05 21, 2015
  • A “grand banquet” of science communication organized by SHAO--- Seminar entitled as “Guide for science press release writing, Discussion about science communication”

    On April 8, 2015, the Shanghai Astronomical Society and the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO) ran a seminar to explain the current strategy and future plan of science communication and call for more researchers to provide

    04 16, 2015
  • New research progress in spin alignments of spiral galaxies within the large-scale structure

    In the current universe, large scale environments are mainly consists of these four types: clusters, filaments, sheets and voids. According to the current paradigm of galaxy formation, these structures arise from the linear growth of density fluctuations in a nearly homo

    03 23, 2015
  • Measure the average cosmic dust density using quasar continuum

    Cosmic dust —— dust in space—— includes intergalactic dust, interstellar dust, interplanetary dust and circumplanetary dust, which can cause not only extinction but also reddening for the remote background objects. Cosmic dust extinction plays a very important role in cosmological study. For example, the existence of cosmic...

    03 20, 2015
  • Discovery of an Ultra-luminous Quasar with Gigantic Black Hole in the Baby Universe

    Using the observational data from the 2.4-m Lijiang Telescope (LJT) in Yunnan China, the 6.5-m Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT), and the 8.4-m Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona, USA, the 6.5m Magellan Telescope in Las Campanas Observatory, Chile, and the 8.2-m Gemini North Telescope in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA, an internatio...

    03 04, 2015
  • SHAO Astronomers discovered two new types of molecules as Megamasers

    Since the late 1970s, only three types of molecules have been found to form megamasers: water, hydroxyl and formaldehyde. In a recent work, Prof. Junzhi Wang from Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, together with his colleagues, detected both SiO and CH3OH mega-masers near the center of Serfert 2 galaxy NGC 1068

    11 12, 2014
  • Professor James M. Stone’s visit to Shanghai

    Invited by the Research Center for Galaxy and Cosmology of Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO), Prof. James M. Stone from Princeton University visited SHAO during Sept. 23 – 27 and gave a colloquium talk in the Lecture Hall.

    10 09, 2014
  • The Nearest High Velocity Stars Revealed by LAMOST Data Release 1

    Chinese astronomers have reported the discovery of 28 candidate high-velocity stars, stars that whizz around so fast that they may escape from the Milky Way galaxy. The superfast moving stars are found at distances of up to one third ofthe distance to the center of our Milky Way, with speeds in excess of 300km/s.This sample is the ...

    07 15, 2014
  • The 3rd International Gravity Field Service General Assembly (IGFS2014)

    The 3rd International Gravity Field Service General Assembly (IGFS2014) was held in Shanghai, June 30th - July 6th, 2014, at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO), Chinese Academy of Sciences, which was devoted to methods for observing, estimating and interpreting the Earth gravity field as well as its applications. The As...

    07 08, 2014
  • The 8th IVS General Meeting Held in Shanghai

    The eighth General Meeting of the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS) was held March 2-7, 2014 in Shanghai, China. The keynote of the eighth General Meeting is the establishment of the VGOS (VLBI Global Observing System) network under the theme "VGOS: The New VLBI Network". 156 participants were invited to a...

    04 09, 2014