Alpha Centauri

Scouting nearest star system for potential hazards

June 6, 2018

A new study provides encouraging news about the habitability of Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to our sun and a candidate for finding life outside of Earth.

Sedna

Collective gravity, not Planet Nine, may explain the orbits of 'detached objects'

June 4, 2018

Bumper car-like interactions at the edges of our solar system, not a mysterious ninth planet, may explain the the dynamics of strange bodies called "detached objects," according to a new study.

Laguna Caliente

Microbes living in a toxic volcanic lake could hold clues to life on Mars

May 2, 2018

Researchers have discovered a single species of bacteria living in a volcanic lake that may rank as one of the harshest environments on Earth.

TESS illustration

Planet-hunting satellite launches to search for alien worlds

April 20, 2018

CU Boulder Assistant Professor Zach Berta-Thompson was on the ground in Florida to watch the launch of NASA's latest mission to hunt for worlds outside of Earth's solar system.

Galaxy

Black hole and stellar winds form giant butterfly, shut down star formation in galaxy

April 18, 2018

Researchers in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Science have completed an unprecedented "dissection" of twin galaxies in the final stages of merging.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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