Space

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.
volcanic outburst on Jupiter's moon Io

A hellacious two weeks on Jupiter’s moon Io

During a year-long series of observations, astronomers observed three of the largest outbursts ever observed on the moon.
moon

Tidal forces gave moon its shape

Most of the moon's overall shape can be explained by taking into account tidal effects acting early in the moon's history.
geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus

Cassini finds geysers on icy Saturn moon

Scientists on NASA's Cassini mission have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn's small, icy moon Enceladus.
Artist's rendering, Thirty Meter Telescope

Next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope to begin construction in Hawaii

The TMT has its roots at UC Santa Cruz, where astronomers have been working for years on the design of this powerful new telescope.
target chamber

Giant laser recreates extreme conditions inside planets

Using the world's largest laser, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have created the extreme temperatures and pressures found inside planets like Jupiter.

Astronomers detect two planets orbiting nearby ancient star

An international team of scientists has reported two planets orbiting a nearby and very old star known as Kapteyn's star.
aliens spacecraft

Aliens are almost surely out there

Berkeley's SETI says we're not alone. But can we find the money to find them?

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