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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...

Astronomers identify thick disc of older stars in nearby Andromeda galaxy

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

An international team of astronomers, including UCLA research astronomer Michael Rich, have identified for the first time a thick disc of older stars in Andromeda galaxy. This discovery will help astronomers better understand formation and evolutionary...

Fourth planet discovered in HR 8799

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A team of astronomers, including Professor Ben Zuckerman from UCLA, have imaged a fourth giant planet in the HR 8799 planetary system. This exoplanetary system resembles a supersized version of our own Solar System. 

Weird, warm spot on exoplanet upsilon Andromedae b

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Using the Spitzer telescope, UCLA astronomy graduate student Ian Crossfield is the lead author of a new paper about how upsilon Andromedae b's hot spot is not under the direct glare of the sun and is instead offset by a whopping 80 degrees. 

Evidence found for stellar cannibalism

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Using Chandra X-Ray Observatory, there is recent evidence that a star named BP Piscium has engulfed its companion. "BP Psc shows us that stars like our Sun may live quietly for billions of years," said co-author David Rodriguez from UCLA, "but when they...

Hubble spies an amazing cosmic spiral

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an incredible image of the formation of a pre-planetary nebula. The image is one of the most geometrically perfect spirals ever seen, and Mark Morris, a UCLA astronomy professor, and an international team say that...

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...