UCSD physics role models

Star role models at UC San Diego

As the number of women interested in majoring in physics increases, three new professors hope to open doors.

UC Riverside physicist Miguel Aragón-Calvo uses 3D-printing technology to understand how the universe has evolved.

The universe in your hand

UC Riverside physicist uses 3D-printing technology to understand how the cosmos has evolved.

Mars ring

Mars will lose its largest moon, but gain a ring

Phobos will likely slowly lose orbit and be shredded into pieces that will surround the red planet.


A simpler way to define what makes a planet

Professor's new approach classifies 99 percent of all known exoplanets.

tidal disruption

How a black hole swallows a star

New observations via X-ray telescopes confirm theory of 'tidal disruptions' that rip stars apart.

Deflecting asteroids: fact or fiction?

Solar laser beams will push that deadly space rock out of a collision course with Earth: It sounds far-fetched, but it may be closer to reality than one might think.

Artist's rendering of Jupiter-like exoplanet

Jupiter-like planet discovered outside our solar system

International team with multiple UC researchers pinpoints young, giant planet with characteristics shared by those in our solar system.

Artist's conception, Kepler 186f

Investor joins in $100M search for extraterrestrial intelligence

Breakthrough Prize founder Yuri Milner joins 10-year commitment to ramp up SETI.
simulation of comet hitting young Earth

Did icy comets serve as storks for life on Earth?

Astrobiologist investigates whether cosmic collisions were the key to earthly life.
dwarf planet Ceres

UCLA-led NASA mission eyes dwarf planet Ceres

First images from Dawn spacecraft produce up-close, 3-D model of the ‘mysterious’ terrain of the orb between Mars and Jupiter.