Refsdal supernova

First discovery of a distant star exploding into a supernova

Finding, using multiple images that reached Earth at different times, advances the understanding of dark matter.
deep space

A solution to puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe

Most of the laws of nature treat particles and antiparticles equally, but stars and planets are made of particles, or matter, and not antiparticles, or antimatter. That asymmetry puzzled scientists for many years.
Lick Observatory (Laurie Hatch photo)

Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

Funds will go toward general expenses, augmenting the $1.5 million the UC Office of the President provides annually for operation.
Francisco Valero

First satellite to view Earth from deep space set for launch

Seventeen-year quest to take non-stop look at sunlit side of Earth finally comes to fruition for Scripps scientist.
slug nebula

Astronomers' cosmic web discovery among top breakthroughs of 2014

UC Santa Cruz faculty, plus researchers at UC Riverside, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos labs, are honored by Physics World.

Is 'Interstellar’s' science so stellar?

Astrophysicist David Schlegel weighs in on Hollywood science and untapped concepts for future sci-fi flicks.
Lick Observatory

UC confirms continued support of Lick Observatory

Decision reverses mandate that Lick become self-supporting, requiring funding to come from alternative sources.

Astronomer Claire Max appointed interim director of UC Observatories

She succeeds Sandra Faber, whose two-year appointment as interim director ended in June.
NASA's Stardust spacecraft

Captured space dust likely came from beyond solar system

Seven tiny grains, captured by NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, may turn out to be the first confirmed samples of contemporary interstellar dust.
ELFIN satellite radio test

UCLA undergrads are first to build an entire satellite on campus

Dozens of students from majors across campus have spent thousands of hours on building a loaf-of-bread-sized satellite that will measure space weather.