NASA Van Allen belt

Shoebox-sized cube satellite to study Earth's inner radiation belt

March 14, 2018

A NASA-funded satellite will study the inner radiation belt of Earth's magnetosphere, providing insight into the energetic particles that can disrupt satellites and threaten spacewalking astronauts.Read more »
first star formation graphic

Astronomers detect ancient signal from first stars in universe

Feb. 28, 2018

A team that includes a CU Boulder astronomer has detected a signal from stars emerging in the early universe.Read more »
The Moon

Fossilized feature records moon's slow retreat from Earth

Feb. 6, 2018

The moon's excessive equatorial bulge, frozen into place over 4 billion years ago, may contain secrets of Earth's early history.Read more »
Andromeda galaxy

Supermassive black holes can feast on one star per year

Feb. 1, 2018

During post-galactic merger periods, orbiting stars can be flung into supermassive black holes and destroyed at a rate of one per year.Read more »
SES satellite

GOLD space weather instrument launches

Jan. 25, 2018

NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument, built by CU Boulder, will study space weather in the Earth's upper atmosphere.Read more »
Mars surface

Dust storms linked to gas escape from Martian atmosphere

Jan. 22, 2018

Rising air during global dust storms on Mars hoists water vapor high in the the planet's atmosphere, new research shows.Read more »
black hole

Researchers catch supermassive black hole burping ... twice

Jan. 11, 2018

Researchers have caught a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy snacking on gas and then "burping" not once, but twice.Read more »
Student-created satellite during long-range field testing

How a student satellite solved a major space mystery

Dec. 13, 2017

A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts is now solved, thanks to a satellite built and operated by students.Read more »
Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1) instrument suite

CU Boulder solar instruments, experiments headed for space

Dec. 8, 2017

A solar instrument package designed to help monitor the planet's climate is now set for launch Dec. 12 aboard a SpaceX rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Read more »
hot jupiter

Team set to study evaporating atmospheres of 'hot Jupiters'

Oct. 31, 2017

A CU Boulder team will build a tiny orbiting satellite to study the evaporating atmospheres of gigantic "hot Jupiters," gaseous planets orbiting scorchingly close to parent stars. Watch the video.Read more »