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Friday, May 19, 2023
$2.5M in A&S New Frontier Grant supports bold projects

Cornell University's College of Arts & Sciences has awarded more than $2.5 million to 13 research projects across the sciences, social sciences and humanities in this latest round, for novel investigations ranging from quantum computing to foreign policy development and from heritage forensics to effects of climate change. To date the program has funded 34 projects for a total exceeding $6 million, all of it from philanthropy.

Expanding the scope of exploration is the focus of “


Tuesday, May 16, 2023
CCAT Project Office Leadership Updates

While there is still a lot of work to do, we are starting to anticipate the completion of the construction phases of the CCAT project building the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope and the initiation of early science operations. To that end, Terry Herter has asked to step down as Project Director on 30 June 2023. We thank Terry for his dedication, service to and leadership of the construction project over the last years.

Replacing Terry as Project Director on 1 July will be Gordon


Friday, May 12, 2023
Congratulations, Thomas Nikola!


On May 11, 2023, Thomas Nikola received a Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences (CCAPS) Research Incentive Award for his critical contributions to CCAT/FYST/EoRSpec and the deployment of ZEUS-2 on APEX, and his terrific mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students.

Congratulations Thomas!



Thursday, May 04, 2023
Hanna Kr├╝ger and Eve Vavagiakis recognized

In the latest issue of Cold Facts, the magazine of the Cryogenic Society of America, our very own Eve Vavagiakis and Hanna Krüger are among the 15 distinguished women in cryogenics and superconductivity recognized for 2023.

Congratulations, Hanna and Eve!!


Tuesday, April 25, 2023
CCAT Collaboration Meeting (CCM4) - June 20-22, 2023

The fourth annual CCAT Collaboration Meeting (CCM4) will be held from June 20-22, 2023 at Cornell University in Ithaca NY. The CCAT-prime Observatory (www.ccatobservatory.org) features the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) which is currently under construction.  FYST will be a 6-meter diameter, 10-micron surface precision telescope working at submillimeter to millimeter wavelengths.  It will operate in survey mode only and first light is expected in late 2024.



Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Cornell-led telescope project completion in sight

The construction of the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST, pronounced “feast”) being developed by CCAT Observatory Inc., an international consortium of universities led by Cornell, is drawing closer to an end.

See https://as.cornell.edu/news/cornell-led-telescope-project-completion-sight for more information.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
AAS Keynote Speaker: Prof. Norman Murray

Prof. Norm Murray will be the Keynote Speaker at the AAS Meeting. He is the recipient of the 2022 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics.
See https://astrobites.org/2023/01/10/meet-the-aas-keynote-speakers-dr-norman-murray/ for more information.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Emminent astronomer Riccardo Giovanelli dies at 76

“Riccardo will be missed by all of us who treasured his gracious collegiality and kindness in working with colleagues and students and his passion for the science of astronomy,” said Jonathan Lunine, the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Science and chair of astronomy (A&S).
See https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2022/12/eminent-astronomer-riccardo-giovanelli-dies-76 for more information.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Science Goals and Forecasts with Prime-Cam on the FYST

CCAT-Collaboration: Science Goals and Forecasts with the Prime-Cam on the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope.

The CCAT-Collaboration presents a detailed overview of the science goals and predictions for the Prime-Cam direct-detection camera–spectrometer being constructed by the CCAT-prime collaboration for dedicated use on the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST). Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Dec 16, 2022

See https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ac9838 for more information.

Thursday, June 30, 2022
'Follow your dreams' writes astronomer Martha Haynes

Martha Haynes' chapter, “Hands on Adventures with Telescopes: From the Backyard to Cerro Chajnantor,” appears in “The Sky Is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words,” edited by Virginia Trimble and David A. Weintraub.
See https://as.cornell.edu/news/follow-your-dreams-writes-astronomer-martha-haynes for more information.

Monday, May 09, 2022
Major progress made in construction of FYST

An enormous hole 22 meters in diameter has been dug near the summit of Cerro Chajnantor in Chile’s Atacama Desert, at an elevation of 18,400 feet. The hole stands ready for the cement foundation on which the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST, pronounced “feest”) will one day rest. The foundation, which was designed in Chile, began construction in the fall of 2021 and is scheduled to be installed at the summit from May to June.



Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Observing the Cosmic Dawn with Hydrogen Deuteride

Researchers have developed a new approach that could make it easier to watch the birth of the Universe's first stars.

In their exploratory study, Patrick Breysse (New York University), Simon Foreman (Perimeter Institute, Canada), and colleagues predict the brightness of the 112-µm emission line of hydrogen deuteride molecules during different periods of cosmic history.

Read the full Physics release.

Related publication: Mapping the Universe in hydrogen deuteride, Breysse, P.C.,


Thursday, March 17, 2022
The Third CCAT-Prime/FYST Collaboration Meeting to be held Apr 4-6, 2022

The third annual CCAT Collaboration Meeting (CCM3) will be held from April 4 – 6, 2022. The CCAT-prime observatory (www.ccatobservatory.org) will feature the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) which is currently under construction.  FYST will be a 6-meter diameter, 10-micron surface precision telescope working at submillimeter to millimeter wavelengths.  It will operate in survey mode only and first light is expected in 2024.

This meeting will provide an update on


Monday, February 14, 2022
Norman Murray Awarded 2022 Dannie Heineman Prize

The Heineman Foundation, American Institute of Physics, and American Astronomical Society announce Norman Murray, professor at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Toronto, as the winner of the 2022 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics.
See https://www.aip.org/news/2022/norman-murray-awarded-2022-dannie-heineman-prize-his-astrophysical-insights for more information.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
NSF awards $1.3M to CCAT-prime telescope project

The CCAT-prime telescope project has been awarded $1.3 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop instrumentation that will measure galactic dust polarization and the oldest light in the universe.
See https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/11/nsf-awards-13m-ccat-prime-telescope-project for more information.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Annual conference on new telescope moves science ahead

More than a hundred people gathered virtually at the end of April for the 2021 annual conference on the CCAT-prime project, which is building the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) in Chile.


See https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/05/annual-conference-new-telescope-moves-science-ahead for more information.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
CCAT-Prime/FYST Collaboration meeting to be held Apr 20-24

The second annual CCAT-prime/FYST Collaboration Meeting (CCM2) will be held from April 20 – 24, 2021. The CCAT-prime observatory (www.ccatobservatory.org) will feature the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) which is currently under construction.  FYST will be a 6-meter diameter, 10-micron surface precision telescope working at submillimeter to millimeter wavelengths.  It will operate in survey mode only and first light is expected in 2023.

This Collaboration Meeting aims


Monday, March 08, 2021
FYS Telescope partners in Canada receive new $4.9 M grant

A team of Canadian researchers led by University of Waterloo professor Michel Fich have been awarded $4.9 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to help build a next generation telescope, the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST).


See https://as.cornell.edu/news/fys-telescope-partners-canada-receive-new-49-million-grant for more information.

Wednesday, December 02, 2020
CCAT Breaks Ground

CCAT officially broke ground near the summit of Cerro Chajnantor on November 27thThese  photos show the beginning of the follow-on summit leveling process that began in earnest on December 1st.

View this Cornell A&S Communications article for more details, and the University of Cologne's press release here.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Breakthrough telescope in Chile renamed for benefactor alum

The powerful new telescope being built for an exceptional high-elevation site in Chile by a consortium of U.S., German and Canadian academic institutions, led by Cornell, has a new name: the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST).
See https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/09/breakthrough-telescope-chile-renamed-benefactor-alum for more information.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Astronomer Martha Haynes awarded Jansky Lectureship

Martha Haynes, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, has been awarded the 2020 Karl G. Jansky Lectureship by Associated Universities, Inc. and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The Jansky Lectureship recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy and is being awarded to Haynes “for her influential impact to our understanding of galaxies.”

Read the complete Cornell A&S Communications story at the link below.


Thursday, June 18, 2020
Exploring Extragalactic Neighborhoods

For 37 years, Martha Haynes has studied the evolution of galaxies. Now she leaves behind a groundbreaking new telescope for the next generation.

Read the story on the Cornell Research website listed below.

See https://research.cornell.edu/news-features/exploring-extragalactic-neighborhoods for more information.

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Measuring the Oldest Light in the Universe with the Highest Telescopes on E

A new animation about two innovative telescopes being developed at Cornell has just been released by the research group led by Michael Niemack, associate professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Read the story on the Cornell Chronicle website listed below.

See https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/06/new-video-engages-public-cosmic-exploration for more information.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Science for new telescope advances virtual conference

Two weeks before the first annual CCAT-prime collaboration meeting was scheduled to be held April 7 at the University of Waterloo, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a switch to an online format.

“It was gratifying to note the widespread interest in CCAT-prime based on the number of attendees of the recent Zoom meeting,” said Fred Young, ’64, M.Eng. ’66, MBA ’66, an active participant in the meeting and major supporter of the project.

See https://as.cornell.edu/news/science-new-telescope-advances-virtual-conference for more information.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Martha Haynes receives Bruce Medal for career's work

Martha P. Haynes, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, has been awarded the 2019 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

The medal is presented annually to a professional astronomer in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement and contributions to astrophysics research.
See https://astro.cornell.edu/news/astronomy-professor-receives-bruce-medal-careers-work for more information.

Thursday, May 09, 2019
Telescopes to help decode the cosmos

As humans, we have an insatiable desire to understand the cosmos and our place in it. How did the universe begin and how did it evolve? What is the nature of dark matter and dark energy? How will it all end? “These are the most fundamental questions one can ask,” says Steve Kang Hoon Choi, Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow. “If we believe greater knowledge betters our lives, then this is what drives us to study the cosmos.”

See https://astro.cornell.edu/news/telescopes-help-decode-cosmos for more information.

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Fabrication of powerful telescope begins

Fabrication of the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT-p), a powerful telescope capable of mapping the sky at submillimeter and millimeter wavelengths, has now begun, marking a major milestone in the project.
See http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/11/fabrication-powerful-telescope-begins for more information.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Martha Haynes tours the heavens in Phi Beta Kappa lecture

Martha Haynes, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, led an audience of students and faculty on a “journey across space and time” April 25 in Philip Lewis Hall.

See http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/04/martha-haynes-tours-heavens-phi-beta-kappa-lecture for more information.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Cornell researchers build telescopes to measure universe's earliest light

Teams of scientists, including researchers from the Cornell physics and astronomy departments, are collaborating on two of the largest telescopes ever built to take readings on the universe’s oldest light measurable, known as the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB.

Read the full Cornell Chronicle story here.

See http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/03/cornell-researchers-build-telescopes-measure-universes-earliest-light for more information.

Monday, October 16, 2017
A breakthrough telescope

Posted on Scitech Now, October 2, 2017 -- In 2021 astronomers will dive deeper into outer space with the use of a 23 million dollar telescope in one of the world’s highest deserts located in Chile. Martha Haynes, Cornell University Professor of Astronomy, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Google Hangout to discuss the project.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017
New telescope at the top of the world

A new telescope being built in the high desert of Chile will peer further into our universe's origins than any other.
See http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ccat-p-dalhousie-cerro-chajnantor-atacama-telescope-scott-chapman-1.4071239 for more information.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Breakthrough telescope to be built in Chile

Scientists announced this week that a consortium of U.S., German and Canadian academic institutions led by Cornell University will begin construction of Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT-p), a unique and powerful telescope capable of mapping the sky at submillimeter and millimeter wavelengths.
See http://as.cornell.edu/news/breakthrough-telescope-be-built-chile for more information.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Brief Summary of CCAT-p Telescope

Read about the CCAT-prime Telescope here


Friday, January 17, 2014
Chilean government grants land for giant telescope