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First discovery of a distant star exploding into a supernova

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Using multiple images that reached the Earth at different times, UCLA Physics & Astronomy researchers have reported the first discovery of a distant star exploding into a supernova. A supernova, the end stage of life for very massive stars, can...

Aomawa Shields named 2015 TED Fellow

Friday, February 13, 2015

Postdoctoral scholar Aomawa Shields has been named a TED2015 Fellow and will give a TED Talk at the TED2015 conference this March.

Smadar Naoz awarded Annie Jump Cannon prize

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Smadar Naoz, assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy, was selected to receive the prestigious 2015 American Astronomical Society Annie Jump Cannon Prize for outstanding research and the promise for future exceptional research.

Astronomy Live! brings students to UCLA via outreach

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Please join us at UCLA on Sunday Nov. 16th for this year's most exciting day of science, Exploring Your Universe. It's free and family-friendly.

Adaptive optics detects binary stars orbiting a black hole.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Having studied it during its closest approach to the black hole this summer, UCLA astronomers believe that they have solved the riddle of the object widely known as G2.   A team led by Andrea Ghez, professor of physics and astronomy in...

R. Michael Rich heads a project to map the inner Milky Way

Monday, October 20, 2014

The National Science Foundation has awarded $600,000 in funding to an international team led by UCLA research astronomer R. Michael Rich and astronomers Catherine Pilachowski (Indiana University) and William Clarkson (University of Michigan, Dearborn...

Evidence of jet in Milky Way's black hole

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Former UCLA assistant researcher Zhiyuan Li and UCLA professor Mark Morris led a team which found evidence for a parsec-scale jet from the galactic center black hole with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation's Very Large...

Six-tailed asteroid discovered by UCLA's David Jewitt

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Normal asteroids appear simply as tiny points of light. This bizarre asteroid has six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel.   "It's hard to believe we're looking at an asteroid," said lead investigator David...

Asteroid named after Division Chair Ian McLean

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ian McLean, director of UCLA's Infrared Laboratory for Astrophysics, has received many honors in his distinguished career. Now he has an asteroid named after him. McLean was chosen the namesake of Asteroid #249544 (2010 HQ44) at a recent Scientific...

James Larkin works on the 30 meter telescope project

Thursday, August 1, 2013

UCLA professor of astronomy James Larkin is excited about the Thirty Meter Telescope's potential. He is the principal investigator for the Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), one of three scientific instruments that will be ready for use with the...