Exploring the Frontiers of the Universe

Groundbreaking research, cutting-edge technology, award-winning faculty – UCLA’s Division of Astronomy & Astrophysics offers a rewarding environment to pursue higher education and topical research. All members of the Division carry out active research programs that garner widespread international recognition. Doctoral students can participate in a variety of research projects, which frequently incorporate observations with the world’s largest ground-based telescopes, orbiting observatories, and other astronomical facilities.
Our PhD recipients go on to highly productive careers in academia, government, industry and business. Many have obtained prestigious postdoctoral fellowships from entities such as the National Research Council, Hubble, NSF, Caltech Millikan, and Princeton Russell. UCLA faculty have access to numerous observational facilities, including the 10-m telescopes of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the Division has strong bonds with Physics, and with Earth, Planetary and Space Science.

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Division News

  • The UCLA Astronomy and Astrophysics Division will host a special JWST planetarium show on December 1, 2021.
  • Recent Astro PhD, Jon Zink, and colleagues improved Kepler planet finding and are featured in Physics Today.
  • Prof. Smadar Naoz and collaborators won the Scialog award: Signatures of Life in the Universe, for averting false biosignatures.
  • R. Michael Rich and colleagues provide details on a new type of stellar formation
  • New webinar available: Astro @ UCLA: The Next Generation
  • R. Michael Rich and colleagues have published new results from their Blanco DECam Bulge Survey
  • Andrea Ghez, the Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics at UCLA, has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • Xuheng Ding and colleagues explore the link between black holes and their galaxies