Astronomers baffled by discovery of rare quasar quartet

Four quasars, each one a rare object in its own right, have been found in close physical proximity to each other.
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That galaxy far, far away is farther than we thought

Astronomers discover a bright galaxy more than 13 billion light years from Earth — the most distant known, dating back to when the universe was just 5 percent of its current age.

Extended space travel may warp astronauts' brains

Worrisome news for potential missions to Mars: Long-term galactic cosmic ray exposure can cause permanent dementia-like cognitive impairments.
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How a new telescope will measure the expansion of the universe

A next-generation experiment will create the largest 3-D map of the universe and help Berkeley Lab scientists get a handle on dark energy.
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Zapping away space junk

A solution right out of sci-fi: shooting space debris with a laser mounted on the International Space Station.
shock wave, Sausage galaxy cluster

Cosmic collisions wake up snoozing galaxies

When galaxy clusters collide, the resulting shockwave can “wake up” these dormant galaxies and drive a new generation of star formation.
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Is there life out there? UC researchers aim to find out

NASA's quest to search for life on planets outside our solar system will be guided by experts from UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, among others.
McClellan Nuclear Radiation Center

UC Davis reactor gets a role in Mars mission

NASA prepares for manned missions into deep space, the McClellan Nuclear Research Center is playing an integral role in the groundwork.

Wandering Jupiter cleared path for our unusual solar system

Scientists say the red giant swept clear the inner solar system, resulting in the formation of a planetary system unlike any other astronomers have yet found.
Francisco Javier Mendieta Jimenez speaks with students

Shooting for the stars

Mexican Space Agency hopes partnership with UC Irvine will help develop program’s ‘human capital.’