Dr. Sebastian Heinz

Assistant Professor

Astronomy Department

University of Wisconsin-Madison



  1. BulletTake a look at my fun Astronomy 104 backyard demonstration of cratering, using a paint ball gun, a high-speed camera, and a flour-cocoa mixture.

  2. BulletView movies of our virtual IXO observations of Perseus A, Cygnus A, and Hydra A.

  3. BulletDownload XIM, an X-ray emulator for numerical hydro simulations that will produce virtual Chandra and IXO observations from your data cubes (ideal for simulations of clusters and galaxies, for example).

  4. BulletFollow this link to get to our 2007 press release about the X-ray jet from the neutron star Circinus X-1, and take look at our spectacular follow-up observation (curtesy of graduate student Paul Sell).


Dr. Sebastian Heinz is an assistant professor in the Astronomy department of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on the observable properties of black holes and the impact growing black holes have on their environment and the universe at large, using a combination of analytic and computational methods. Other research areas of interest include the growth and evolution of cosmic large scale structure and the development of numerical techniques to study astrophysical fluids and plasmas.

He is currently working with his postdoc (and future NSF postdoctoral fellow) Brian Morsony, graduate students Samuel Friedman and DooSoo Yoon, and undergrad Jake Miller on the interaction of relativistic jets from black holes with their environment (in galaxies and galaxy clusters). He works on the analysis of X-ray emission from black holes and neutron stars with grad student Paul Sell. Further details about his research, a CV, and a publication list can be found by following the links on the navigation panel on the top of this page.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Sebastian Heinz was a Chandra postdoctoral fellow at MIT, working in the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany for three years (2000-2003). He received his Ph.D. in 2000 at the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

  1. Contact information:

  2. Dr. Sebastian Heinz

  3. Department of Astronomy

  4. University of Wisconsin-Madison

  5. 4506 Sterling Hall

  6. 475 N. Charter Rd.

  7. Madison, WI 53706

  8. phone: (608) 890-1459

  9. fax: (608) 263-6386

  10. E-mail: heinzs at astro dot wisc dot edu (replace “ at “ with @ and “ dot “ with .)