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In a world first, Irish scientists observe cosmic explosion with unprecedented detail

(14.03.2022) For the first time in international science, researchers from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) have observed a cosmic explosion with unprecedented detail and witnessed particle acceleration outside our solar system. DIAS scientists, including: Dr. Jonathan… Read More

Cosmic particle accelerator at its limit

H.E.S.S. researchers observe time-dependent particle acceleration outside our solar system for the first time. Novae are powerful eruptions on the surface of very old, very compact stars know as white dwarfs in a binary star system, in which… Read More

DIAS’s astrophotography competition returns for a second year

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) astrophotography competition ‘Reach for the Stars’ is back for its second year and is calling on people with an interest in photography and astronomy to submit their images. The competition, which… Read More

NASA Telescope Spots Highest-Energy Light Ever Detected From Jupiter

The planet’s auroras have long been known as sources of low-energy X-ray light. A new study finally reveals high-energy emissions – and why they eluded another mission 30 years ago. Scientists have been studying Jupiter up-close since the… Read More

DIAS scientists part of team to work on world’s most powerful telescope


Update (14.03.2022): We are very proud that scientists from DIAS have played a key role in developing the ground-breaking James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which launched on Christmas day 2021.DIAS is the only Irish research organisation involved in… Read More

Webb Telescope Launch

The James Webb Space Telescope is the most eagerly awaited space observatory of the last two decades and will be the premier observatory for the next. The natural successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, but many times larger,… Read More

Exploring the dark side of science and Celtic heritage: Line-up for DIAS Samhain agus Science festival announced

(26.10.2021) Discovering the dark side of our universe, the ins and outs of Irish words through time and finding mysterious missing black holes are just some of the talks taking place as part of this year’s Samhain agus… Read More

Volcanic memories: black holes give shape to bubbles, rings, and “intergalactic smoke” filaments

An international team of researchers, including Dr Simon Purser from the DIAS Astronomy and Astrophysics Section, observed the evolution of warm gas coming from an active black hole for the first time. The team were able to look… Read More

Caitriona Jackman appointed as the first ever female senior professor of physics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

(11.10.2021) Professor Caitriona Jackman has been appointed to the role of senior professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).  She is the first female senior professor of physics in the 81-year history of the Institute. Taking… Read More

Samhain agus Science 2021

Samhain agus Science is an annual initiative of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies taking place each year during Halloween. From spooky science to the mysteries of the Celtic festival of Samhain, DIAS scholars from the Schools of… Read More