UC San Diego Kelly astronaut

3…2…1: UC San Diego readies next steps in twin astronaut study

Observation of identical twins – one on earth, one in space – advances NASA’s preparations for mission to Mars.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory WFIRST

Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley scientists lead new space telescope project

NASA's WFIRST will explore mysteries of dark energy, hunt for distant planets, retrace universe's history during 6-year mission.

Theia and earth

Moon was produced by a head-on collision between Earth and a forming planet

UCLA research reconstructs massive crash, which took place 4.5 billion years ago.

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.