Exploring the Frontiers of the Universe

Groundbreaking research, cutting-edge technology, award-winning faculty – UCLA’s Division of Astronomy & Astrophysics offers a rewarding environment to pursue higher education and topical research. All members of the Division carry out active research programs that garner widespread international recognition. Doctoral students can participate in a variety of research projects, which frequently incorporate observations with the world’s largest ground-based telescopes, orbiting observatories, and other astronomical facilities.
Our PhD recipients go on to highly productive careers in academia, government, industry and business. Many have obtained prestigious postdoctoral fellowships from entities such as the National Research Council, Hubble, NSF, Caltech Millikan, and Princeton Russell. UCLA faculty have access to numerous observational facilities, including the 10-m telescopes of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the Division has strong bonds with Physics, and with Earth, Planetary and Space Science.

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Division News

  • A planet 1,200 light-years away is a good prospect for a habitable world
  • Cosmic Beacons Reveal the Milky Way's Ancient Core
  • Aomawa Shields receives 2016 Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award
  • Professor Emeritus Ben Zuckerman featured in Daily Bruin
  • Physics & Astronomy Department announces the death of Professor Mike Jura
  • UCLA's Professor Treu part of the team that predicted a supernova explosion
  • UCLA professor proposes simpler way to define what makes a planet
  • 7th Annual Exploring Your Universe Science Fair on November 8th