News About Our Universe

07/22/2014 11:09:20
Douglas Smith
Ed Stone, Caltech's David Morrisroe Professor of Physics, has won the aerospace equivalent of an Oscar. On Wednesday, July 16, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) presented him its sixth Lifetime Achievement Award for his "sustained and extraordinary contributions to America's space programs, including innovative planetary missions."
Edward C. Stone
03/28/2014 09:23:18
Caltech professor of physics Jamie Bock, co–principal investigator for BICEP2 and the chief architect of the telescope's detectors, described the finding as "mind-boggling."
03/19/2014 16:34:51
Cynthia Eller
On March 20, 2014, Jamie Bock, professor of physics at Caltech and senior research scientist at the JPL, will give a talk on the BICEP2 experiment and its recent detection of B-mode polarization indicating the effect of gravitational waves on the cosmic microwave background (CMB).
03/17/2014 07:49:46
Cynthia Eller
Astronomers announced today that they have acquired the strongest confirmation yet of cosmic inflation theories, which say the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times in less than the blink of an eye.
03/17/2014 07:51:49
Cynthia Eller
Caltech Professor of Physics Jamie Bock and his collaborators announced on March 17, 2014 that they have successfully measured a B-mode polarization signal in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) using the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole.
03/13/2014 16:34:01
Cynthia Eller

Mark Simons, professor of geophysics at Caltech, along with graduate student Brent Minchew, recently logged over 40 hours of flight time mapping the surface of Iceland's glaciers.

02/24/2014 14:36:17
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Researchers at Caltech and several other institutions have made the first detection of water in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the nearby star tau Boötis.
02/19/2014 15:05:39
Kimm Fesenmaier
For the first time, NuSTAR has mapped radioactive material from the core of a supernova explosion.
02/18/2014 13:00:51
Douglas Smith
If you ask Andy Ingersoll how Caltech has contributed to our understanding of the universe, he will tell you, "Caltech invented planetary science!" And since the field's origins just fifty years ago, Caltech has become one of the top centers of planetary science research in the world.
01/22/2014 09:20:47
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
By incorporating the data of individual stars into whole-galaxy models, Caltech researchers can look at the actual effects of star feedback—how radiation from stars "pushes" on galactic matter—in the galaxies they study.
A still image from a FIRE simulation video, showing the gases in a galaxy. Magenta is cold molecular/atomic gas, which forms stars; green is warm ionized gas, most of which cools into a galaxy; red is 'hot' gas, which makes up the galaxy halo.
12/12/2013 11:43:08
Cynthia Eller
Caltech/JPL scientists and collaborators have detected for the first time in an individual object a change in the cosmic microwave background caused by its interaction with massive moving objects.
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