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astrophysics

  • Matteo Cantiello and Yan-Fei Jiang

    KITP astrophysicists will use a supercomputer to explore the driving forces behind mass loss in massive stars

  • Comet against night sky

    A UCSB physics undergraduate fascinated with comets devises a strategy for defending Earth from potential impact

  • Iair Arcavi at MESA Summer School

    Summer school teaches astrophysicists how to use an open source computational code developed at KITP

  • Astronomers help with a discovery that enables a new way to study a distant supernova

  • A newly appointed assistant professor in the Department of Physics receives the American Astronomical Society's top prize for young physicists

  • Sagittarius A-Star

    Is matter falling into the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way or being ejected from it? No one knows for sure, but a UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist is searching for an answer.

  • galaxy Messier 94

    Café KITP's debut featured astrophysicist Matteo Cantiello taking about "Music of the Spheres: The Secret Songs of Stars"

  • A 2024-pixel MKID

    Ben Mazin has taken the next step in astrophysical mapping by building the ARray Camera for Optical to Near-infrared Spectrophotometry (ARCONS), the first ground-based instrument using Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs).

  • A UCSB physics team helped design, build and fill the water tank that houses the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment. With 122 detector tubes, LUX is much more sensitive than its closest rival in the competitive field of dark-matter...

  • An international group of astronomers that includes UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist Crystal Martin and former UCSB postdoctoral researcher Nicolas Bouché has spotted a distant galaxy hungrily snacking on nearby gas.

  • Thanks to Diana Dragomir we now know the true mass and size of HD 97658b, an exoplanet orbiting a bright star. An astronomer with UC Santa Barbara’s Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope, Dragomir used an ultraprecise space telescope to track...

  • Newly discovered dust, which forms a cool wind streaming outward from the black hole, playa an important role in the complex relationship between the black hole and its environment.

  • The Planck space mission today has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents, and origins.

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