News Archive


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...

Crafoord Prize awarded to Andrea Ghez

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Professor Andrea Ghez is the co-recipient of the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy for 2012.

The Bulge Radial Velocity Array (BRAVA) survey

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Bulge Radial Velocity Assay (BRAVA) survey is featured on the NOAO website, and was conceived by Dr. Michael Rich of UCLA.

Astronomy Live! wins the UCLA Mongelli Award for excellence in civic engagement

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Founded just two years ago by Physics and Astronomy graduate students Kristin Kulas and Gregory Mace, Astronomy Live! aims to educate the public about astronomy. The group strives to foster an interest in science in general, especially early on, in hopes...

Ned Wright elected to National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ned Wright, a UCLA professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. This is in recognition of his "distinguished and continuing achievements in original research," announced by the academy recently,...

Graduate student David Rodriguez uses ultraviolet light in star searches

Thursday, April 7, 2011

David Rodriguez, a graduate student in the Division of Astronomy & Astrophysics, is part of a group using the technique of using ultraviolet light to search for close, young stars. These can be good targets for future exoplanet imaging efforts and...