24 December 2019: La science en 2019 (in French) -- Radio Canada selected our warped and twisted Milky Way story as 2019 science highlight! We also made The Daily Galaxy's 2019 most popular list.

December 2019: Our Nature Astronomy article on the Milky Way's warped and twisted disk came in at number 60 of the 2019 Altmetric top-100 out of over 2.7 million articles tracked! NAOC press release; Chinese version

December 2019: Sustained innovations in cartographic mapping of nascent French Canada, de Grijs R., 2020, J. Astron. Hist. Heritage, submitted

December 2019: The VMC Survey. XXXVI. Pulsation periods of dust enshrouded AGB stars in the Magellanic Clouds, Groenewegen M.A.T., Nanni A., Cioni M.-R.L., Girardi L., de Grijs R., Ivanov V.D., Marconi M., Moretti M.-I., Oliveira J.M., Petr-Gotzens M.G., Ripepi V., van Loon J.T., 2020, A&A, submitted

December 2019: The Zwicky Transient Facility Catalog of Periodic Variable Stars, Chen X., Wang S., Deng L., de Grijs R., Yang M., Tian H., 2020, ApJS, submitted

29 November 2019: "Reach for the stars but stay grounded for knowledge" -- interview with the Times of India linked to my keynote lecture during the Thirty Meter Telescope week at Vigyan Samagam in Kolkata.

November 2019: HASHTAG I. A Survey of CO(3--2) Emission from the Star Forming Disk of M31, Li Z.-N., Li Z.-Y., Smith M.W.L., Wilson C.D., Gao Y., Eales S.A., Ao Y.-P., Bureau M., Chung A., Davis T.A., de Grijs R., Eden D.J., He J.-H., Hughes T.M., Jiang X.-J., Kemper C., Lamperti I., Lee B., Lee C.-H., Michałowski M.J., Parsons H., Ragan S., Scicluna P., Shi Y., Tang X., Toimci N., 2020, MNRAS, in press; arXiv:1912.02403

26 November 2019: Richard delivered a keynote lecture on the next generation of extremely large telescopes at the Vigyan Samagam mega-science fair in Kolkata, India, which was well received

November 2019: Christopher Wren and Blood Circulation, de Grijs R., Vuillermin D., Fall 2019, Hektoen Int'l, article

November 2019: Australia's commemorative video of the 100-year anniversary of the International Astronomical Union includes our 3D animation of the Milky Way's 'warped and twisted' disk (which resembles a Pringle...)!

November 2019: The MALATANG Survey: Dense Gas and Star Formation from High-Transition HCN and HCO+ Maps of NGC 253, Jiang X.-J., Greve T.R., Gao Y., Zhang Z.-Y., Tan Q., de Grijs R., Ho L.C., Michałowski M.J., Currie M.J., Wilson C.D., Brinks E., Ao Y.-P., Zhao Y.-H., He J.-H., Harada N., Yang C.-T., Jiao Q., Chung A., Lee B., Smith M.W.L., Papadopoulos P.P., Matsushita S., Shi Y., Imanishi M., Rawlings M.G., Zhu M., Eden D., Davis T., Li X.-H., 2020, MNRAS, submitted

November 2019: Clustering of Local Group distances: publication bias or correlated measurements? VI. Extending to Virgo cluster distances, de Grijs R., Bono G., 2020, ApJS, 246, 3; arXiv:1911.04312

5 November 2019: Time flies..., de Grijs R., 2019, ORCID blog post

November 2019: Modern maps and the development of oceanic navigation in East Asia, de Grijs R., 2020, All Hands (Australian National Maritime Museum volunteers' magazine), March 2020, Vol. 110, in press

October 2019: Announcements of our delegation to Japanese partner institutions: Hokkaido University on 9 October and Osaka University on 11 October; impromptu recruitment video requested by our friends at the beo education agents in Tokyo; 2

October 2019: The VMC Survey. XXXV. Model fitting of LMC Cepheid light curves, Ragosta F., Marconi M., Molinaro R., Ripepi V., Cioni M.-R.L., Moretti M.I., Groenewegen M.A.T., Choudhury S., de Grijs R., van Loon J.T., Oliveira J.M., Ivanov V.D., Gonzalez-Fernandez C., 2019, MNRAS, 490, 4975; arXiv:1910.05052

September 2019: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines (Atmospheres of planets orbiting distant stars), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, December 2019, p. 15 (in Chinese; English version)

13 September 2019: VISTA unveils a new image of the Large Magellanic Cloud, VMC team press release, eso1914

September 2019: Influence of Wolf--Rayet stars on surrounding star-forming molecular clouds, Baug T., de Grijs R., Dewangan L.K., Herczeg G.J., Ojha D.K., Wang K., Deng L., Bhatt B.C., 2019, ApJ, 885, 68; arXiv:1909.01996

August 2019: Apparently, I am ranked within the world's top-100,000 scientists, according to a new paper in PLOS (this metric doesn't seem very meaningful to me though...).

August 2019: The VMC Survey. XXXIV. Morphology of Stellar Populations in the Magellanic Clouds, El Youssoufi D., Cioni M.-R.L., Bell C.P.M., Rubele S., Bekki K., Girardi L., de Grijs R., Ivanov V.D., Matijevic G., Niederhofer F., Oliveira J.M., Ripepi V., Subramanian S., 2019, MNRAS, 490, 1076; arXiv:1908.08545

August 2019: The intrinsic reddening of the Magellanic Clouds as traced by background galaxies. I. The bar and outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, Bell C.P.M., Cioni M.-R.L., Wright A.H., Rubele S., Nidever D.L., Tatton B.L., van Loon J.T., Ivanov V.D., Subramanian S., Oliveira J.M., de Grijs R., Choi Y., Niederhofer F., Zaritsky D., Choudhury S., Pennock C.M., Martínez-Delgado D., Muñoz R.R., 2019, MNRAS, 489, 3200; arXiv:1908.07538

August 2019: Tidal-locking-induced stellar rotation dichotomy in the open cluster NGC 2287?, Sun W., Li C., Deng L., de Grijs R., 2019, ApJ, 883, 182; arXiv:1908.06530

August 2019: Stellar rotation bifurcation caused by tidal locking in the open cluster NGC 2287?, Sun W., Li C., Deng L., de Grijs R., 2019, Proc. IAU Symp. 351, in press; arXiv:1908.06531

6 August 2019: Richard was interviewed for an NBC news article following on from last week's media frenzy about the 3D shape of the Milky Way.

August 2019: Multiwavelength Period-Luminosity and Period-Luminosity-Color relations at maximum light for Mira variables in the Magellanic Clouds, Bhardwaj A., Kanbur S., He S., Rejkuba M., Matsunaga N., de Grijs R., Sharma K., Singh H.P., Baug T., Ngeow C.-C., Ou J.-Y., 2019, ApJ, 884, 20; arXiv:1908.01795

2 August 2019: Richard was interviewed for a news article in The Guardian, Most detailed ever 3D map of Milky Way shows 'warped' shape; see also interviews with C|NET, Axios and the Dutch NOS, among a number of news items carrying the interviews, either by name or by reference to Macquarie University. But see also this rebuttal by my Chinese colleagues explaining why the new Science article is more incremental rather than completely novel...

25 July 2019: Mahidol University - Macquarie University Science, Technology and Engineering Joint Symposium; news item at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; (in Thai)

25 July 2019: A visit from Macquarie University, Australia; news item at King Monkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand

22 July 2019: Welcoming executives from Macquarie University, Australia; news item at Chiang Mai University, Thailand; 2; 3; mqphysastro Instagram post

July 2019: Physical Parameters of Late-type Contact Binaries in the Northern Catalina Sky Survey, Sun W., Chen X., Deng L., de Grijs R., 2019, ApJS, submitted for publication

12 July 2019: As of today I am a "certified high-level talent" (Category A), I'm told by the China Visa Application Centre. The implication? No more Chinese visa applications for the next 10 years!

June 2019: Periodic Variables as Distance Indicators in the Gaia era, Chen X., Wang S., de Grijs R., Deng L., 2019, in: The Gaia Universe, 53rd ESLAB Symp., ed. de Bruijne J.H.J., April 2019, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk (Netherlands), id.60; doi: 10.5281/zenodo.3237305

June 2019: We welcome applications for a PhD studentship on Star clusters as probes of stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis under the joint supervision of Richard de Grijs and Devika Kamath; application deadline: 30 August 2019 (Australian passport holders only please)

12 June 2019: Richard presented a webinar on Getting indexed in international citation databases for the Enago Academy

June 2019: Massive star cluster formation and evolution in tidal dwarf galaxies, Fensch J., Duc P.-A., Boquien M., Elmegreen D.M., Elmegreen B.G., Bournaud F., Brinks E., de Grijs R., Lelli F., Renaud F., Weilbacher P.M., 2019, A&A, 628, A60; arXiv:1903.10789

June 2019: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines (The Gaia "Sausage" galaxy), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, August 2019, p. 20 (in Chinese; English version)

21 May 2019: Check out my presentation (a researcher's prespective) to the second ORCID consortia workshop in Atlanta, USA

21 April 2019: Macquarie University Open Day in Wuhan concludes successfully (in Chinese), published by New Oriental Wuhan "future abroad"; announcement of our Open Days; 2; 3; 4; see also David Harrison's summary with photos

15 April 2019: "Is bigger always better?" Macquarie University professor gives demo class in China, Chengdu Shishi International School, Sichuan, China; 2

April 2019: The Detailed Science Case for the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer, 2019 edition, The MSE Science Team; Babusiaux C., et al. (incl. de Grijs R.), arXiv:1904.04907

11 April 2019: EXPERT REACTION: Astronomers capture first ever image of a black hole (Australian Science Media Centre), includes a quote from Richard; 2

April 2019: Stellar rotation and the extended main sequence turnoff in the open cluster NGC 5822, Sun W., de Grijs R., Deng L., Albrow M., 2019, ApJ, 876, 113; arXiv:1904.03547

April 2019: Extended main sequence turnoffs in the double cluster h and χ Persei: The complex role of stellar rotation, Li C., Sun W., de Grijs R., Deng L., Wang K., Cordoni G., Milone A.P., 2019, ApJ, 876, 65; arXiv:1904.02005

April 2019: When does the onset of multiple stellar populations in star clusters occur? Detection of enriched stellar populations in NGC 2121, Li C., de Grijs R., 2019, ApJ, 876, 94; arXiv:1904.00508

15 March 2019: Richard's volunteer role as guide at the Australian National Maritime Museum was turned into this week's Photo of the Week of Macquarie University's Department of Physics and Astronomy.

March 2019: Blue straggler populations beyond the Milky Way, de Grijs R., Sun W., Li C., Deng L., 2018, Commun. Byurakan Astrophys. Obs., 65, 193 (Proc. Instability Phenomena and Evolution of the Universe, Byurakan Astrophys. Obs., September 2018); arXiv:1811.09302

8 February 2019: The story behind the world-first map of the Milky Way, Macquarie University Lighthouse podcast

5 February 2019: We discovered a warped and twisted disc of young, massive stars at the edge of our Milky Way, de Grijs R., 2019, The Conversation; article, Indonesian translation

February 2019: An intuitive 3D map of the Galactic warp's precession traced by classical Cepheids, Chen X., Wang S., Deng L., de Grijs R., Liu C., Tian H., 2019, Nat. Astron., 3, 320, doi: 10.1038/s41550-018-0686-7; arXiv:1902.00998, press coverage

February 2019: Blue straggler stars beyond the Milky Way. IV. Radial distributions and dynamical implications, Li C., Sun W., Hong J., Deng L., de Grijs R., Sills A., 2019, ApJ, 871, 171; arXiv:1812.07154

February 2019: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines (Our Milky Way is warped and twisted--and it oscillates!), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, April 2019, p. 19 (in Chinese; English version)

January 2019: The VMC Survey. XXXIII. The Tip of the Red Giant Branch in the Magellanic Clouds, Groenewegen M.A.T., Cioni M.-R.L., Girardi L., de Grijs R., Ivanov V.D., Marconi M., Muraveva T., Ripepi V., van Loon J.T., 2019, A&A, 622, A63; arXiv:1812.02581

7 January 2018: Beyond the first thrill of the Chang'e 4 moon landing, Richard de Grijs, china.org.cn opinion article

4 January 2019: The sky is the limit, or is it? China's ambitions in the quest for ever larger telescopes -- public lecture at The Bookworm, Beijing

4 January 2019: Chinese landing on far side of the moon excites Australian scientists: ABC early AM radio interview by Samantha Donovan; Macquarie University's LinkedIn coverage

3 January 2019: China Makes Historic Touchdown on Moon's Far Side: article including some of Richard's quotes; 2, 3

January 2019: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of September--October 2018 (Stellar motions reveal unexpected Milky Way history and more), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, January 2019, p. 25 (in Chinese; English version)

News from previous years: 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013