Space

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?

Curiosity finds earthly similarities on Mars mission

UC scientists and engineers have been vital to the success of landing rover and conducting experiments on the Red Planet.
Steve and Mark Kelly

NASA study focuses on identical twins

UC San Diego researcher will look at how long-term space flight affects fluid pressure in the brain and its implications for vision, during and after space travel has ended.

Lick's Automated Planet Finder: first robotic telescope for planet hunters

In its first months of operation, the APF has found two new planetary systems, giving astronomers a taste of planetary riches to come.
Artist's rendering, Thirty Meter Telescope

A most powerful eye on the sky

UC places a financial stake in the development and operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope, which will be the largest, most powerful telescope of its kind.
coronal mass ejection

Fierce solar magnetic storm barely missed Earth in 2012

A rapid succession of coronal mass ejections – the most intense eruptions on the sun – sent a pulse of magnetized plasma barreling into space and through Earth’s orbit. Had it hit, it could have disrupted our increasingly electronic lives.
BICEP2 and South Pole Telescope

Glimpse of Big Bang 'fingerprint'

Cosmologists detect curling patterns that appear to have resulted from the initial expansion of the universe.
David Coil

Microbes, prepare for blast-off

"Bugs" from Candlestick Park, the Liberty Bell and elsewhere will travel to space for research and a microgravity growth competition.
disintegrating asteroid

Astronomers watch asteroid's disintegration

Crumbling asteroid has divided into as many as 10 pieces, the Hubble telescope has revealed; its breakup may be due to the effect of sunlight.

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