When more than 50 astronomers from a dozen different institutions are awarded a half million dollars for their research, we can expect to get a lot of press releases.
Yesterday afternoon our e-mailboxes filled with announcements about how Saul Perlmutter and the Supernova Cosmology Project, and Brian Schmidt and the High-Z Supernova Search Team will share the 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize.
The winning research led to the startling 1998 discovery that the expansion of the universe isn't slowing down, but is accelerating. Why it's accelerating remains unexplained it has been deemed a consequence of the mysterious dark energy.
The prize will be officially awarded next month in Cambridge, England.
To find out more about the individuals who won, here are the press releases we've received so far:
- Gruber Foundation
- Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Johns Hopkins University
- Carnegie Institution of Washington
- Space Telescope Science Institute
- Australia Telescope National Facility
- Swinburne University of Technology
More to come...?