For 75 years, CU Boulder has been a leader in space exploration and innovation. We travel to space to monitor sea level rise, melting ice, weather patterns and more. Our researchers explore how to track and remove dangerous debris in space. We research the health of humans in space to inform medical applications for people on Earth. Learn more about the latest in space research and science at CU Boulder.

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New observations of flares from distant star could help in search for habitable planets

Oct. 9, 2023

The star TRAPPIST-1 sits roughly 40 light-years from Earth. It's barely bigger than the planet Jupiter, but it shoots out giant flares several times a day. New observations of these eruptions could help scientists detect atmospheres around a host of far-away planets.

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Call them UFOs or UAPs, scientists need better data

Oct. 8, 2023

During a packed event, a panel of journalists and scientists called for removing the stigma around studying unidentified anomalous phenomena—such as strange blips that zoom across the instruments of fighter jets or even mysterious lights in the night sky.

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A ‘ring of fire’ eclipse is coming. Here’s how to watch

Oct. 6, 2023

Sky gazers in parts of the United States will see two solar eclipses in the next year, beginning with an annular, or "ring of fire," eclipse on Oct. 14. John Keller, director of the Fiske Planetarium, gives his take on what makes these events so exciting—and how you can observe them safely.

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Does lightning strike on Venus? Maybe not, study suggests

Oct. 2, 2023

Venus is a distinctly unfriendly planet, with crushing atmospheric pressures at the surface and temperatures that hit 900 degrees Fahrenheit. But new observations from scientists at CU Boulder suggest that frequent lightning strikes may not be one of the planet's hazards.

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New center will lay groundwork for better space weather forecasts

Sept. 20, 2023

As its name suggests, the newly launched Space Weather Operational Readiness Development (SWORD) center at CU Boulder seeks to offer a little protection for the planet, spurring research into the tumultuous environment several hundred miles above the surface of Earth.

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

Sept. 14, 2023

Physicists and engineers at CU Boulder envision infrared astronomy telescopes that may one day span the entire globe—syncing up observations from instruments spread across the continents, or even orbiting Earth, and giving scientists an unprecedented look at phenomena like the birth of new planets.

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New project to probe how planets lose their atmospheres

Sept. 13, 2023

Scientists will develop “worlds in a box” to investigate the phenomenon of atmospheric escape—how some planets, like Earth, hold onto their atmospheres while others, like Mars, don’t.

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CU Boulder earns NASA award for reducing spaceflight costs

Sept. 11, 2023

CU’s Heinz Research Group has earned a prestigious NASA award for their research centered on designing lightweight, high-strength materials that could save millions of dollars for spaceflights.

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India just won the race to the moon’s South Pole. Here’s what comes next

Aug. 23, 2023

Marking the latest milestone in a new kind of space race, India's Chandrayaan-3 mission touched down safely on the moon. CU Boulder astrophysicist Jack Burns gives his take on why nations and companies are hurrying to parts of the moon that no Apollo craft ever visited.


CU Boulder wins $5M Air Force grant to track objects orbiting the moon

Aug. 23, 2023

CU Boulder is leading a major Air Force project to track objects orbiting near the moon, collaborating with researchers at Texas A&M, Georgia Tech and L3Harris Technologies.