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The UCLA Galactic Center Group, led by principal investigator and professor of astronomy Andrea Ghez, is dedicated to researching the innermost regions of the Milky Way at the highest angular resolution possible in order to understand the formation and evolution of galaxies and their central supermassive black holes.
 
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Cosmology is the study of the origin, current state, and future of our universe. Our faculty are involved in studies such as the nature of galactic nuclei and quasars, the first generation of galaxies, and the structure of the early universe. We focus in particular on general relativity, black holes, neutron stars, and other endpoints of stellar evolution, the expanding universe, cosmic microwave background radiation, and dark matter. Techniques include measurements in infrared astronomy and the cosmic microwave background.
 

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New extrasolar planets are being discovered all the time by both spacecraft and ground-based instruments.  As technology improves, it becomes easier to find planets of varying sizes and distances from their parent stars, and it also becomes possible to analyze their composition, temperature, and other properties. We use technologies such as direct imaging of extrasolar planets and circumstellar disks to develop an understanding of planet, comet, and asteroid formation.

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Our research explores the structure and composition of galaxies beyond our own. From the creation of the first galaxies to the evolution of young galaxies, observations about the Big Bang to galaxy surveys through cosmic time, our methods use technologies such as infrared spectroscopy and satellite obervation platforms to develop theories of galactic evolution.
 

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