Recent Astronomy and Astrophysics News
- February 13, 2017
The HIRES spectrometer, designed and built by UCSC astronomer Steven Vogt, has been a planet-hunting workhorse for over two decades.
- February 06, 2017
New observations confirm a theoretical model developed by UCSC astrophysicists of a black hole tearing apart a star.
- January 26, 2017
SIP alumni and their families are raising funds to extend the program's reach and support need-based scholarships.
- November 28, 2016
New astronomy faculty bring with them a wide range of expertise in some of the most exciting areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology.
- November 15, 2016
The California Academy of Sciences has awarded its highest honor, the Fellows Medal, to Sandra Faber, professor emerita of astronomy and astrophysics, and elected professors Karen Holl and Erika Zavaleta as new Academy Fellows.
- October 14, 2016
Foley is the 12th UCSC faculty member, and fifth UCSC astronomer, to receive a Packard Fellowship.
- October 11, 2016
Ramirez-Ruiz, professor and chair of astronomy and astrophysics, will receive the 2017 Edward A. Bouchet Award.
- September 26, 2016
Every other year the Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics returns to UC Santa Cruz for six weeks. It joins 15 top graduate students from the around the world with senior mentors to break new ground on the most pressing topics in astrophysics. Watch this new video to learn more about the program.
- September 15, 2016
Illingworth will receive the 2016 Lancelot M. Berkeley – New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy.
- August 17, 2016
- August 12, 2016
Three UC Santa Cruz Ph.D. candidates have been awarded 2016-2017 fellowships from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
- July 18, 2016
International team reports the biggest haul of new worlds yet uncovered by NASA's K2 mission.
- July 18, 2016
By using detailed simulations of the collapse of massive pre-stellar cores, we have studied how massive stars attain their mass. The intense radiation pressure from these stars can overcome gravity and halt accretion, leading to expanding bubbles that surround the star. By using a new detailed treatment of radiation pressure in numerical simulations we have shown these bubbles become unstable, leading to tendrils of gas that can fall towards the star. We find that these instabilities are another mechanism for delivering mass to massive stars during their formation.
- July 11, 2016
By combing data taken with the Keck telescopes and ALMA, we have for the first time imaged the molecular gas in both absorption and emission in a galaxy-quasar pair. This has revealed that the gas seen in absorption is not part of the molecular disk of the galaxy, but instead is surrounding the galaxy as part of the circumgalactic medium. The location and velocity of this gas suggest that is bound to the galaxy and will likely get redeposited onto the galaxy in the future.
- July 06, 2016
Difficult spectroscopic observations reveal properties of the coldest known object outside of our solar system.
- June 07, 2016
Astronomy grad student Jennifer Burt helped write software that turned a powerful telescope at Lick Observatory into the first automated planet finder in the world.
- May 20, 2016
Award from the Danish National Research Foundation provides $5 million to fund research in theoretical astrophysics.
- May 13, 2016
Faber will receive an honorary degree from Amherst College during its commencement exercises on May 22.
- May 11, 2016
Professor Emerita Sandy Faber's lecture at Space Telescope Science Institute draws a closer connection between astronomical knowledge and the future of the human race.
- April 21, 2016
NASA has tapped Fortney to support the final act of its Cassini mission and serve on a science team starting to plan for a potential future mission to Uranus or Neptune.