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New SpinLab video brings fluid dynamics to life

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in News | Comments Off

New SpinLab video brings fluid dynamics to life

Professor Jon Aurnou and the UCLA SPINLab have posted a new educational video illustrating the rotational effects on falling droplets in both air and water.  The video features music composed by EPSS department administrator Mike Rathjen.  Learn more about SPINLab and watch more videos like this one on their website.

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2014 Distinguished Alum To Lecture About Asteroids

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in News | Comments Off

2014 Distinguished Alum To Lecture About Asteroids

On October 9th, Dr. Alan Harris will give the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Lecture for the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Department.  There will be a reception held at 5:30pm at the Young Hall Patio, followed by the lecture at 6:30pm in Court of Sciences 76.  The talk title is “Hunting for Killer Asteroids, the Past, Present and Future of Near-Earth Asteroid Surveys”.  Dr. Harris, who earned his PhD from UCLA in 1975, has spent the majority of his career studying the impact hazards of near-Earth asteroids. Learn more about...

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High school students experience science at UCLA during outreach visit

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in News, Outreach | Comments Off

High school students experience science at UCLA during outreach visit

On June 27th, a group of 40 high school students visited UCLA from the Moreno Valley College Upward Bound Math and Science Program.  They toured the newly renovated UCLA Meteorite Gallery and spoke to a student panel about physics and astronomy.  This visit was sponsored by AstronomyLive! and iPLEX.  Upward Bound coordinator Micki Clowney said of the experience: “The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Everything from the tour of the gallery to the student panel to the mini tour to the Bruin Bear was memorable.  The students...

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TwentyWonder Charity Event Mixes Art, Science, and Quirkiness

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in News, Outreach | Comments Off

TwentyWonder Charity Event Mixes Art, Science, and Quirkiness

On June 28, 2014, iPLEX planetary scientists sponsored several activities at the TwentyWonder charity event held in Echo Park in Los Angeles.  The 21+ event, part smorgasbord for the mind and part roller derby, included a variety of exhibits ranging from comedians to musicians to scientists.  iPLEX volunteers brought an inflatable planetarium and ran shows throughout the evening and also set up a gravity well demo.  Proceeds from TwentyWonder went to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) – to find out how to...

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Invite UCLA volunteers to your school

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Featured, News, Outreach | Comments Off

Invite UCLA volunteers to your school

Are you an educator or youth group leader interested in sharing the excitement of astronomy and planetary science with your students?  Submit a request to have volunteers visit your school or apply to bring your class to UCLA.  Our outreach events include hands-on activities for all ages ranging from building bottle rockets to gazing through solar telescopes. Our list of outreach activities details the hands-on science demos that can be brought to your classroom.  For more specific information about any of these activities and how to...

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Exploring Your Universe 2014 Date Announced!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Featured, News, Outreach | Comments Off

Exploring Your Universe 2014 Date Announced!

This year’s Exploring Your Universe (EYU) event at UCLA will be held on Sunday, November 16th, 2014.  Exploring Your Universe is an annual event held on the UCLA campus that includes science exhibitions, hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments.  The event is free to the public and promises an exciting time and a great learning experience for kids and adults alike. To read more about previous years’ EYU events and other iPLEX outreach events, please visit our outreach page and stay tuned for more...

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Join iPLEX for TwentyWonder fundraising event on Saturday

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in News, Outreach | Comments Off

Join iPLEX for TwentyWonder fundraising event on Saturday

Join iPLEX and participate in the Downs Sydrome Association of Los Angeles’ (DSALA) annual event, TwentyWonder, a charity event that brings an incredible assortment of artists, scientists, designers, musicians, comedians, actors, athletes, and circus performers to the Derby Doll Factory for one unforgettable night!  iPLEX will host an informational hands-on comet and asteroid booth where participants can interact with scientists from NASA and UCLA who study these objects on a daily basis. The event is hosted by the Los Angeles Derby...

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Siberian crater impact may have caused Eocene extinction

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in News | Comments Off

Siberian crater impact may have caused Eocene extinction

The meteor impact that caused Russia’s Popigai crater located in Siberia may be the cause the Eocene mass extinction event that occurred just over 33 million years ago.  By measuring certain isotopes within rock samples from the Eocene period, iPLEX graduate student Matt Wielicki able to tie a short-lived, rapid cooling period in global climate to around the same time that the Popigai crater, one of the ten largest impact craters on Earth, was formed.  The rapid onset of colder temperatures could be explained by a large quantity of...

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ELFIN satellite selected for NASA program funding

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in News | Comments Off

ELFIN satellite selected for NASA program funding

The ELFIN satellite currently under construction at UCLA has been selected to receive funding by the NASA Low Cost Access to Space (LCAS) program.  The LCAS website describes their mission as supporting “science investigations that may be completed through suborbital flight, as well as proof-testing new technologies that may ultimately find application in free-flying Heliophysics space missions.” ELFIN is primarily being designed and built by a group of undergraduate students supervised by Prof. Vassilis Angelopoulos.  The...

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Ancient Mars may have been too cold for liquid water

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in News | Comments Off

Ancient Mars may have been too cold for liquid water

By simulating hundreds of impacts in Mars’ equatorial region, a team of scientists have determined that the ancient Martian atmosphere was likely too thin to support flowing liquid water on the planet’s surface.  The team, including iPLEX researcher Jean-Pierre Williams, identified and catalogued hundreds of large craters near the Martian equator.  They then used a computer simulation to calculate what atmospheric density would have caused the range of craters observed.  They concluded that the Martian atmosphere was 150 times...

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