- October 15, 2013
Several UCSC astronomers feature prominently in a new book about the search for habitable planets beyond our solar system.
- September 30, 2013
Astronomers have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system, a sizzling, Jupiter-like world known as Kepler-7b.
- June 25, 2013
A new study reveals a record-breaking three super-Earths orbiting in the "habitable zone" of a nearby star.
- December 18, 2012
An international team of astronomers has found that Tau Ceti, one of the closest and most Sun-like stars, may host five planets.
- November 07, 2012
An international team of astronomers has discovered a new super-Earth planet in the habitable zone of a nearby star.
- April 03, 2012
Kepler Explorer, an innovative app for iPads and iPhones, provides interactive displays of planetary systems discovered by the Kepler Mission.
- February 02, 2012
An international team of scientists has discovered a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting a nearby star.
- September 15, 2011
A world with multiple suns is a common trope in science fiction, and scientific reality has now caught up, with a report from NASA's Kepler mission of a planet orbiting two stars.
- August 03, 2011
The mountainous region on the far side of the moon may be the remains of a collision with a smaller companion moon.
- February 02, 2011
A remarkable planetary system discovered by NASA's Kepler mission has six planets around a Sun-like star, including five small planets in tightly packed orbits.
- November 11, 2010
A bulge of elevated topography on the farside of the moon may be the result of tidal forces acting early in the moon's history.
- November 2, 2010
to simulate a theoretical extrasolar planet population and found that a new breed of super-Earths are also suprisingly prevalent. Kevin and his colleagues' results will be published in The Astrophysical Journals.
- September 29, 2010
A team of planet hunters has announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star's "habitable zone."
- July 16, 2010
UCSC Grad student Kevin Schlaufman did a statistical study of 75 exoplanet systems, and found that 10 of them should have tilted orbits. Several of the planets his computations picked out were already known to have funny orbits. And all of them circled large, hot stars. Read More as featured on Wired Science.
- April 27, 2010
Gary Glatzmaier, professor of Earth and planetary sciences, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his excellence in original scientific research.
- February 23, 2010
An international group of astrophysicists has determined that a massive planet outside our Solar System is being distorted and destroyed by its host star.
- February 11, 2010
Greg Laughlin is translating "sonifying" stellar movements into sound, allowing the public to listen in on thousands of years of gravitational interplay between a star and its orbiting planets.
- January 31, 2010
UC Santa Cruz Astronomer Gregory Laughlin joins acclaimed composer Philip Glass February 21 in a "Brainwave" discussion at the Rubin Art Museum in New York. Brainwave is a series of 20 sessions this winter and spring that bring together eminent thinkers f
- January 26, 2010
A team using NASA's Kepler planet-finding telescope, including UCSC astrophysicist Jonthan Fortney, has found two new objects that orbit hot stars.
These objects may be a new class of compact, low mass companions. The work will appear in the Astrophysical Journal Letters
- January 10, 2010
Blobs of warm ice that periodically rise to the surface and churn the icy crust on Saturn's moon Enceladus explain the quirky heat behavior and intriguing surface of the moon's south polar region.
- December 13, 2009
An international team of planet hunters has discovered as many as six low-mass planets around two nearby Sun-like stars.
- July 24, 2009
- July 23, 2009
Astronomer Greg Laughlin featured in a story about the VB 10 system as a glimpse into the very distant future of our own galaxy on PlanetQuest.
(PLANETQUEST) -- The discovery of a giant planet orbiting the tiny star VB10 made headlines earlier this year as the smallest star ever to be found harboring a planet. But Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, suggests that the VB10 system could also be a glimpse into the very distant future of our own galaxy.
- June 18, 2009
NPR's Science Friday about the possibility of orbital chaos leading to collisions between the Earh and inner planets, and quoted in news stories on this subject including Newsweek
- April 23, 2009
This week, Astonomer Steve Vogt and his team of University of California-Santa Cruz astronomers are assembling a sensitive new telescope on the summit of Mount Hamilton that will search the skies for any galactic neighbors.
- January 27, 2009
Astronomers have observed the intense heating of a distant planet as it swung close to its parent star, providing important clues to the atmospheric properties of the planet.
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