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 enormous black hole at the center of our galaxy is having an unusually large meal of interstellar gas and dust, and researchers don’t yet understand why.
  • Andrea Ghez, distinguished professor and director of UCLA’s Galactic Center Group, was awarded an honorary degree from Oxford University.
  • Please join us to celebrate the academic and scientific career of Mark Morris at MorrisFest 2019 at UCLA September 5-7.
  • UC Observatories memo on the background and history of plans to site TMT on Maunakea in Hawaii
  • Dr. Tuan Do and collaborators discover a bright and unexpected flare from the black hole in the Milky Way galaxy.
  • Dr. Beth Klein awarded the American Physical Society's M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship
  • UCLA is now a host institution for the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship
  • A UCLA-led analysis of a star’s orbit near supermassive black hole shows how gravity behaves