A star called HD 189733b located about 64.5 lightyears from our solar system shines on a planet about the size of Jupiter.

New mission would provide a road map in the search for alien atmospheres

March 26, 2020

A new spacecraft could become NASA's nose in space, sniffing out the environments beyond Earth's solar system that might host planets with thick atmospheres.

Lenticular clouds, which look a bit like a layer cake, form over Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.

New science centers will explore the complex relationship between the Earth and sun

March 17, 2020

How can winds at Earth's surface influence the orbits of satellites in space? What makes a planet habitable? These are some of the questions two new NASA-funded efforts will tackle at CU Boulder.

Sun rises above the Earth as seen from space.

$130 million space mission to monitor Earth’s energy budget

Feb. 27, 2020

This week, NASA announced that it has given the green light to Libera, a new space mission that will record how much energy leaves our planet’s atmosphere.

NASA astronaut services the Hubble Space Telescope from orbit.

Hubble turns lens toward gender bias, yielding lessons for Earthlings

Feb. 18, 2020

The Hubble Space Telescope is helping find new ways to combat gender bias, which could have implications for other business sectors.

Charlotte Bellerjeau holds two 3D printed components capable of absorbing and expelling gasses

CU researchers to explore 3D printing in reduced gravity with NASA grant

Feb. 17, 2020

Gregory Whiting and his research group are preparing for the thrill of a lifetime: two parabolic flights, each expected to provide around 10 minutes of reduced gravity to test and model how 3D printing of functional materials works in lunar gravity.

An orrery, a type of device once used to track the movements of the planets, sitting above an infrared image of a hypothetical "protoplanetary" disk that may have divided the solar system early in its history.

How the solar system got its ‘Great Divide,’ and why it matters for life on Earth

Jan. 13, 2020

Scientists have finally scaled the equivalent of the Rocky Mountain range in space.

A ball of cotton candy floating in space

Behold the super-puffs: Planets as fluffy as cotton candy

Dec. 19, 2019

Researchers have taken the closest look yet at the Kepler 51 star system, home to the lowest-density planets ever discovered.

Image of Mars' climate today (left) and an artist's depiction of how the planet may have looked billions of years ago (right).

Mars’ brilliant aurora sheds light on changing climate

Dec. 12, 2019

A type of Martian aurora first identified by NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in 2016 is much more common than scientists originally thought.

An artist's rendering of Parker Solar Probe orbiting the sun

Daring space mission gets its first look at the sun

Dec. 5, 2019

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has gotten closer to the sun than any other object designed and developed by humans—and CU Boulder scientists have been along for the ride.

NOAA’S Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo. (Photo by Katie Palubicki/CIRES and NCEI)

Detecting solar flares and more in real time

Dec. 4, 2019

A new machine learning tool, developed by scientists at CIRES and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), can improve space weather forecasts and understanding of solar data.