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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...

Star orbiting a black hole has the shortest known orbit

Thursday, October 4, 2012

UCLA astronomers report the discovery of a remarkable star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy in a blistering 11-and-a-half years — the shortest known orbit of any star near this black hole.   The...

Astronomer Alice Shapley reveals earliest known galaxy

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Astronomers have witnessed for the first time a spiral galaxy in the early universe, billions of years before many other spiral galaxies formed. In findings reported July 19 in the journal Nature, the astronomers said they discovered it while using...

Mosfire achieves first light at the Keck Observatory

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Engineers and astronomers are celebrating the much anticipated first light of the MOSFIRE instrument, now installed on the Keck I telescope at W. M. Keck Observatory. MOSFIRE (Multi-Object Spectrometer For Infra-Red Exploration) will vastly increase the...

Ian McLean interviewed about SOFIA

Friday, February 17, 2012

Division Chair Ian McLean has been interviewed by station KQED about his involvement with the SOFIA flying telescope project.

Astronomy team discovers nearby dwarf galaxy

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A team led by UCLA research astronomer Michael Rich has used a unique telescope to discover a previously unknown companion to the nearby galaxy NGC 4449, which is some 12.5 million light years from Earth. The newly discovered dwarf galaxy had escaped...