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Professor Ed Young named Fellow of two geochemical associations

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Professor Ed Young named Fellow of two geochemical associations

Congratulations to Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Professor Ed Young who has been named a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and of the European Association of Geochemistry.  The award is “bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry”.  Ed will be honored at the Goldschmidt meeting in Yokohama this...

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Planets on Parade

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Planets on Parade

Planets on Parade

Late January and early February have provided spectacular views of the planets in the early morning sky. It is the first time that the bright planets that can be seen with the naked eye have been simultaneously visible since 2005. In their outward order from the sun, the five bright planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. They are visible because they are large and relatively close compared with other celestial objects like stars. Their surfaces and disks reflect sunlight and shine steadily, compared to the distant twinkling...

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Bidding Farewell to UCLA Professor Mike Jura

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Bidding Farewell to UCLA Professor Mike Jura

It is with sadness that we report the passing of UCLA professor and distinguished astronomer, Michael Jura. A facet to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and an active member of iPLEX, Mike always encouraged the interdisciplinary blending of planetary science and astronomy. He made major contributions to the fields of theoretical and observational astronomy and was influential in the development of infrared astronomy and the Infrared Laboratory at UCLA, which now has instruments in many terrestrial and space telescopes. His presence will...

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UCLA scientists study the Moon-forming impact using oxygen isotopes

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in News | Comments Off on UCLA scientists study the Moon-forming impact using oxygen isotopes

UCLA scientists study the Moon-forming impact using oxygen isotopes

UCLA scientists Ed Young, Issaku Kohl, Paul Warren, and their collaborators are featured in Science today (January 29, 2016) with their paper “Oxygen isotopic evidence for vigorous mixing during the Moon-forming giant impact.” Using their new Panorama high-resolution mass spectrometer, which is housed at UCLA, the team has performed ultra-high precision oxygen isotope analyses of lunar samples. The compositions match those of Earth’s mantle rocks to within a few parts-per-million (in the Δ17O parameter), demonstrating that the Earth...

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UCLA Astronomer Gives TED Talk

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UCLA Astronomer Gives TED Talk

UC President’s Postdoctoral Program Fellow Dr. Aomawa Shields was awarded a TED Fellowship, which included giving a TED talk about how she searches for clues that life might exist elsewhere in the universe by examining the atmospheres of distant exoplanets. The classically trained actress-turned-astronomer also discusses her passion for engaging young women in the sciences through theater and...

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UCLA scientists attend the 47th annual American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Science meeting

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UCLA scientists attend the 47th annual American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Science meeting

Direct from the 2015 Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, pictured is a small fraction of UCLA’s EPSS students and researchers from the Jewitt and Margot Research Groups; (left to right) Man-To Hui, Ariel Graykowski, Danielle Hastings, Ashok Verma, Dave Milewski, Oliver Bowman, and Adam Greenberg, with 3 posters and 2 talks: –107.05. Mercury’s gravity field, tidal Love number k2, and spin axis orientation revealed with MESSENGER radio tracking data –307.04. Improved Algorithms for...

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iPLEX and space scientists featured in UCLA’s Prime Magazine

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iPLEX and space scientists featured in UCLA’s Prime Magazine

The Institute for Planets and Exoplanets (iPLEX) is currently featured in UCLA’s Prime Magazine. The article, written by UCLA student Allison Ong recaps the efforts of the institute and individuals to promote planetary and space science at UCLA and within the broader community over the past four years, from hosting conferences to building a public outreach program. The article is available at newsstands on the UCLA Campus and online...

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UCLA Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Distinguished Alumni Lecture

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in News | Comments Off on UCLA Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Distinguished Alumni Lecture

UCLA Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Distinguished Alumni Lecture

From the Sun to the Edge of the Solar System Dr. David J. McComas, ’86 Assistant Vice President, Space Science & Engineering, Southwest Research Institute Professor of Physics, University of Texas San Antonio The Sun produces a million mile per hour wind of hot ionized gas that flows out all directions in space all of the time. This solar wind interacts with the planets and other objects in the solar system and, at Earth, produces both beautiful aurora and dangerous space weather that can kill orbiting satellites. Further out, the...

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UCLA scientists reset the clock on the beginning of life on Earth

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UCLA scientists reset the clock on the beginning of life on Earth

UCLA geochemist Beth Ann Bell and her colleagues have dug deep into the annals of Earth’s history and turned up the result that life may have begun much earlier than previously thought. In the study, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they examined microscopic graphite inside tiny, ancient zircon grains from the Jack Hills in Western Australia. The graphite samples, which are made of carbon, contain information about the chemistry of the planet during the time they were formed. This chemistry, in...

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Recap of International Observe the Moon Night at UCLA

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Recap of International Observe the Moon Night at UCLA

Recap of International Observe the Moon Night at UCLA

International Observe the Moon Night at UCLA was held on September 19th, 2015 at the UCLA Planetarium on the roof of the Math Sciences Building. The crowd of attendees was treated to two outstanding talks given in the planetarium by UCLA and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) scientist Dr. Jean-Pierre Williams and UCLA graduate student and lunar scientist, Raquel Nuno. Attendees learned about the newest science results from NASA’s LRO mission and participated in hands-on activities describing the relative size and distance of the Moon...

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