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.
NASA photo illustration

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.’
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.