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Spitzer observes dusty white dwarf asteroids

Monday, January 5, 2009

UCLA astronomers Michael Jura and Ben Zuckerman as well as Jay Farihi at Leicester University have used Spitzer to detect the remains of shredded asteroids around 6 white dwarfs. The results suggest that the same materials that make up our solar...

First pictures of extrasolar planets

Friday, November 14, 2008

Benjamin Zuckerman from UCLA is co-author of a paper recently published in which astronomers report obtaining an image of a star orbited by giant planets, the first image of multiple planets orbiting a star outside of our solar system. Five coauthors on...

Astronomers selected for first observations with SOFIA

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Three astronomers, among them Mark Morris of UCLA, have been selected to participate in the first observations of the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that carries a 2.5-meter (98-inch)...

Astronomers find remains of planet collision

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A group of astronomers, among them UCLA's Ben Zuckerman, have studied the dust disk of the close binary star BD+20 307 and believe it to be formed within the past few hundred thousand years. This dust is believed to be the result of the collision of...

Andrea Ghez awarded MacArthur Grant

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

UCLA Astronomer Andrea Ghez is among the 25 winners of the MacArthur Foundation Award. She has used speckle imaging and adaptive optics to study the conditions near the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. 

The Milky Way's supermassive black hole

Friday, May 9, 2008

The 2008 April issue of Smithsonian magazine discusses the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy and how the observations are carried out at the Keck Observatory. Featured in the article are UCLA astronomers Andrea Ghez and Mark Morris. 

$200 million support for Thirty Meter Telescope

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The California Institute of Technology and the University of California have received a $200 million commitment over nine years from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation toward the further development and construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope (...

Planet formation in the Pleiades

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Astronomers, among them Joseph Rhee and Ben Zuckerman both of UCLA, using the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii and the Spitzer Space Telescope discovered a large number of hot dust particles around one of the stars in the Pleiades. These particles could...

Detection of high-energy particles from active black holes

Friday, November 9, 2007

A team of scientists including Katsushi Arisaka and Alexander Kusenko of UCLA have detected ultra-high-energy particles from just outside enormous, active black holes in nearby galaxies. These particles interact with Earth's atmosphere creating a...

Astronomers detect dust in black hole wind

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A group of astronomers, including Sarah Gallagher of UCLA, using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have found dust forming in a quasar 8 billion light-years away. Quasars and early supernovae could have provided the dust needed to make the first...