Unique CU Boulder, NSO collaboration allows journey into varied solar physics research paths

Unique CU Boulder, NSO collaboration allows journey into varied solar physics research paths

Dec. 5, 2023

The George Ellery Hale Fellowships, created by CU Boulder in partnership with NSF’s National Solar Observatory, are designed to give students the freedom to explore a mix of solar and space physics research paths with multiple mentors before deciding on a thesis project.

Scientists suspect there's ice hiding on the moon

Scientists suspect there's ice hiding on the moon

Nov. 15, 2023

Some dark craters on the moon are never exposed to light. Ice could be hiding in these permanently shadowed regions. Paul Hayne (Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences) discusses how scientists are homing in on potential lunar ice reservoirs, which are key to setting up any sort of sustainable lunar infrastructure.

7 reasons to get excited about CU Boulder in space

7 reasons to get excited about CU Boulder in space

Oct. 13, 2023

This year, the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) celebrates its 75th anniversary—marking 75 years of CU Boulder's exploration from the fringes of Earth’s atmosphere to the wide expanse of interstellar space—and the university is just getting started. Learn what's in store for the year ahead.

On its way to outer space, Ball Aerospace launched CU’s entrepreneurial engine

On its way to outer space, Ball Aerospace launched CU’s entrepreneurial engine

Sept. 28, 2023

CU Boulder and Ball Aerospace have been collaborating for decades to solve mysteries of the universe. That partnership was also the university’s first commercial spin-off and it greased the gears of an entrepreneurial engine that continues to power innovation within the university and far beyond.

New center will lay groundwork for better space weather forecasts

New center will lay groundwork for better space weather forecasts

Sept. 20, 2023

This summer, NASA announced that it had selected four Space Weather Centers of Excellence, including the Space Weather Operational Readiness Development (SWORD) center at CU Boulder. As its name suggests, the nearly $10 million center will offer some powerful protection for the planet.

An infrared telescope that spans the globe? New grant may make it possible

An infrared telescope that spans the globe? New grant may make it possible

Sept. 14, 2023

A new project led by Scott Diddams (Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering)—awarded $1M award from the W.M. Keck Foundation—will explore the feasibility of creating a frequency comb detector to synchronize the world’s existing infrared telescopes and make them more precise.

New project to probe how planets lose their atmospheres

New project to probe how planets lose their atmospheres

Sept. 13, 2023

Scientists on a new project led by CU Boulder will develop “worlds in a box” to study the conditions that might make far away planets habitable. The research team—part of NASA’s Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research (ICAR) program—will be led David Brain (LASP, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences).

Construction underway on plasma wind tunnel to advance hypersonics

Construction underway on plasma wind tunnel to advance hypersonics

July 27, 2023

A new laboratory for a plasma wind tunnel is taking shape at the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building. The project, the vision of Assistant Professor Hisham Ali, will allow his team to study the conditions of atmospheric reentry, when a spacecraft returning to Earth can hit speeds of Mach 30.

CU Boulder, Fort Lewis College support Native American astrophysics students

CU Boulder, Fort Lewis College support Native American astrophysics students

July 13, 2023

A new program is helping Native American undergraduate students delve into astrophysics and more fully participate in scientific research that frequently happens on Indigenous lands. The NSF-supported program is a partnership between CU Boulder and Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Weighing the mysterious black holes lurking at the hearts of galaxies

Weighing the mysterious black holes lurking at the hearts of galaxies

June 20, 2023

As part of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav), CU Boulder postdoc Joseph Simon is searching for a phenomenon known as the “gravitational wave background”: giant ripples in space and time that owe their origins in part to supermassive black holes.

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