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

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in News | Comments Off on UCLA scientists attend the 47th annual American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Science meeting

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

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off on iPLEX and space scientists featured in UCLA’s Prime Magazine

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

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in News | Comments Off on UCLA scientists reset the clock on the beginning of life on Earth

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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UCLA-led Dawn Mission provides closest ever look at dwarf planet Ceres

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in News | Comments Off on UCLA-led Dawn Mission provides closest ever look at dwarf planet Ceres

UCLA-led Dawn Mission provides closest ever look at dwarf planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn Mission, which is led by UCLA Professor Chris Russell, reached the dwarf planet Ceres earlier this year after its previous rendezvous with asteroid Vesta. It is now observing Ceres from 2700 miles about the surface and returning the closest images that have ever been taken of the object. A one-minute video animation has been produced with the images, showing the object’s mysterious “bright spots” and its heavily cratered terrain. To read the full article, visit...

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Graduate student Carolyn Crow named recipient of 2015 Gordon McKay Award of the Meteoritical Society

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Graduate student Carolyn Crow named recipient of 2015 Gordon McKay Award of the Meteoritical Society

Graduate student Carolyn Crow named recipient of 2015 Gordon McKay Award of the Meteoritical Society

UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences graduate student Carolyn Crow has been named recipient of the 2015 Gordon McKay Award of the Meteoritical Society.  The award honors the memory of experimental petrologist and lunar scientist Gordon A. McKay and is given each year to the student who gives the best oral presentation at the annual meeting of the society.  Carolyn’s talk in Berkeley was entitled “I-Xe degassing ages of terrestrial and lunar impact...

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UCLA Plasma Fest Registration Open!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in News | Comments Off on UCLA Plasma Fest Registration Open!

UCLA Plasma Fest Registration Open!

  Registration for Plasma Fest 2015 is open (and FREE!) but required due to limited seating. In case you haven’t done that yet, please register now at: http://psti.ucla.edu/plasmafest/register.html AGENDA 8:30-12:30: Symposium Location: Physics and Astronomy Building (PAB) Room 1-434 After a welcome by Joseph Rudnick, Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, and opening remarks by Frank Jenko, Director of UCLA’s Plasma Science and Technology Institute (PSTI), there will be several overview talks highlighting the outstanding...

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Discovery of “zebra stripes” in space by Yuri Shprits and Chris Russell

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Discovery of “zebra stripes” in space by Yuri Shprits and Chris Russell

Discovery of “zebra stripes” in space by Yuri Shprits and Chris Russell

UCLA researcher Yuri Shprits, along with Prof. Chris Russell have observed the structure of plasma waves in the equatorial regions of near-Earth space. The waves, which have until now only been observed as noise, have a highly structured pattern reminiscent of a zebra pattern. The discovery is highly significant for satellites and humans in space, which can be harmed by the high-energy particles. To read the full press release, visit the UCLA...

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Exploring Your Universe 2015!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Exploring Your Universe 2015!

Exploring Your Universe 2015!

This year’s Exploring Your Universe (EYU) event at UCLA will be held on Sunday, November 8th, 2015.  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 Exploring Your Universe page and stay tuned for more...

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