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Media Advisory 18-009

NSF press conference on breakthrough in multimessenger astrophysics

Press briefing to feature astrophysicists from across the globe

The aurora australis shines above NSF's IceCube Neutrino Observatory at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

NSF's IceCube Neutrino Observatory at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

July 9, 2018

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Media are invited to attend a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) press conference announcing recent multi-messenger astrophysics findings led by NSF's IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

Representatives from nearly two dozen observatories on Earth and in space that participated in the research will be in the room during the event and will be available to the media after the press conference concludes. Reporters watching the event remotely can send questions to

The press conference will also stream live to:


Moderator: France Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation


  • Francis Halzen, IceCube principal investigator, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Regina Caputo, Fermi-LAT analysis coordinator, University of Maryland/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Razmik Mirzoyan, MAGIC spokesperson, Max Planck Institute for Physics
  • Olga Botner, former IceCube spokesperson, Uppsala University

What: Press briefing, hosted by NSF Director France Córdova, featuring leading astrophysicists from across the globe

When: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 11 a.m. EDT

Where: NSF headquarters, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 (directions available at

RSVP: Because space is limited and pre-registration is required for security access, reporters must RSVP by close of business July 11 to Include the tag MEDIA in the subject line of the RSVP. Event details, including building entry and how early to arrive, will follow your RSVP.


Media Contacts
Joshua Chamot, NSF, 703-292-4489, email:

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