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

  • Astrophysicist Smadar Naoz has found that a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy may have a friend.
  • David Jewitt leads a new analysis of data from Hubble Space Telescope that provides more details about the first observed interstellar comet.
  • UCLA Professor Emeritus Edward L. Wright has been acknowledged in the 2019 list of the world’s most influential scientific researchers.
  • Astronomer Tommaso Treu and colleagues have released a study suggesting that the universe is expanding more rapidly than previously thought.
  • Ben Zuckerman and Hilke Schlichting have co-authored a study suggesting that Earth is not unique: Earth-like planets may be common in the universe.
  • David Jewitt has captured the best and sharpest look at a comet from outside of our solar system that recently barged into our own. It is the first interstellar comet astronomers have observed.
  • R. Michael Rich has led an international team carrying out a survey for the Haloes and Environments of Nearby Galaxies (HERON) collaboration
  • In a recent article in The Conversation, Brad Hansen discusses what moons in other solar systems reveal about planets like Neptune and Jupiter.