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First light for NASA's in-flight observatory SOFIA

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint program by NASA and the German Aerospace Center, achieved a major milestone with its first in-flight night observations. SOFIA observed Jupiter with the FORCAST instrument, one of...

WISE releases medley of first images

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The WISE Mission has released a stunning variety of first survey images. Comets, star-forming regions, and distant galaxies are revealed in mid-infrared wavelengths. WISE (PI: Ned Wright from UCLA) will map out the entire sky at these wavelengths looking...

WISE first light image

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE, PI: Ned Wright from UCLA) has taken its first look at the infrared sky. The image covers a region three times the size of the moon in the constellation Carina. WISE will map the sky at infrared...

WISE spacecraft successfully launched

Monday, December 14, 2009

At 9:09 am ET, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. WISE, whose PI is Ned Wright from UCLA, will map the sky at infrared wavelengths to find asteroids, comest, brown...

Two stellar populations found in globular cluster

Thursday, November 26, 2009

VLT's MAD and Keck's NIRSPEC instruments team up to discover a puzzling population in one of the Milky Way's most massive globular clusters. The group of astronomers, among them Mike Rich from UCLA, have found that Terzan 5 has two distinct stellar...

UCLA Infrared Lab celebrates its 20th anniversary

Friday, November 20, 2009

The UCLA Infrared Laboratory celebrated it's 20th Anniversary. Founded in 1989 by Eric Becklin and Ian McLean, the IR Lab works to produce instruments for the Keck 10-meter telescopes and other upcoming facilities.   

Physicists discover the origin of cosmic rays

Monday, November 9, 2009

UCLA Physicist Rene Ong and his collaborators have used VERITAS to discover where cosmic rays come from. The team observed the nearby starburst galaxy M82 and found high-energy particles. The galaxy has no blackhole-related activity, but it has a high...

Andromeda/Triangulum galactic encounter revealed

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A group of astronomers including UCLA's Mike Rich present the Pan-Andromeda Archeological Survey (PAndAS). The survey uncovered a disperse halo around the Triangulum galaxy and a mild warp to the Andromeda galaxy's disk. These observations point to an...

Astronomers locate origin of super-energetic bursts

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A group of astronomers including UCLA's Mike Rich present the Pan-Andromeda Archeological Survey (PAndAS). The survey uncovered a disperse halo around the Triangulum galaxy and a mild warp to the Andromeda galaxy's disk. These observations point to an...

Radio telescope images reveal planet-forming disk orbiting twin suns

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

UCLA astronomers David Rodriguez and Ben Zuckerman along with collaborators from RIT and CfA have used the Submillimeter Array to image the molecular disk around V4046 Sagittarii. The circumbinary disk around this 12 million year old T Tauri system...