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02/28/2017

Supersonic Gas Jets Blast Off

Lorinda Dajose
A new discovery about jets of gas bursting from the surface of moons throughout the solar system.
still image from YouTube video
02/22/2017

NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.
Abstract Concept of TRAPPIST-1 System
02/21/2017

Two Physicists Named Sloan Fellows

Lorinda Dajose
Xie Chen and Manuel Endres study the quantum properties of matter.
Sloan Foundation logo
02/14/2017

Long Haul, Towering Discovery

Kip Thorne talks about the years leading up to LIGO’s first detection of gravitational waves.
Kip Thorne
02/14/2017

JPL News: Spitzer Hears Stellar "Heartbeat" from Planetary Companion

A planet and a star are having a tumultuous romance that can be detected from 370 light-years away.
illustration of a blue planet orbiting a yellow sun
02/13/2017

Graduate Students Peer into Cosmic Web

Lorinda Dajose
The Keck Cosmic Web Imager will be used at the W. M. Keck Observatory to image the webs of matter between galaxies.
The Keck Cosmic Web Imager, under construction.
02/10/2017

Caltech Astronomer Receives 2017 Dan David Prize

Whitney Clavin
Caltech's Shri Kulkarni will share the 2017 Dan David Prize with the late Neil Gehrels (PhD '82) and Andrzej Udalski.
photo of Shrinivas (Shri) Kulkarni
02/10/2017

Neil Gehrels (PhD '82), 1952–2017

Whitney Clavin
Caltech mourns the loss of alumnus Neil Gehrels, a leader in the study of cosmic gamma-ray bursts.
photo of Neil Gehrels
01/31/2017

Politics and American Higher Education

Judy Hill
Four presidents discuss the role of institutions of higher education in times of political change and social turmoil.
photo of panelists
01/30/2017

Keck Observatory's New Planet Imager Delivers First Science

Whitney Clavin
The Keck Observatory's vortex coronagraph has the potential to image planetary systems closer to their host stars than was possible before.
Brown dwarf HIP 79124 B