Araucaria’s distance to the LMC awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science
The Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science is an individual award granted in four areas: life and earth sciences, chemistry and materials sciences, mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences, and humanities and social sciences.
The Foundation for Polish Science states that “the prize honors outstanding achievements and scientific discoveries that push the boundaries of cognition and open new research perspectives, provide an exceptional contribution to Poland’s civilizational and cultural advancement, and assure the country with a significant position for undertaking the most ambitious challenges of the modern world.”
This year’s prize in the area of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences for the precise distance determination to the Large Magellanic Cloud went to the leader of the Araucaria Project, Prof. Grzegorz Pietrzyński.
We are proud that this result embodies the highest quality of determining cosmic distances up-to-date, and has become a yardstick for the astronomical community to determine accurate distances to more distant galaxies.