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Department of Physics and Astronomy
UNLV astrophysicists ponder "reservoirs of life" on the moons of planets expelled by their hosts and drifting through the galaxy.
To go further and faster than anything before, the Breakthrough Starshot mission will rely on unproven technology.
From magic and witchcraft to building robots using Legos, these wild courses can put swordfighters in training and future presidents ready to deal with environmental catastrophe.
Passing the baton in the search for distant planets.
A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
UNLV scientist searches for new information and for ways to explain a complex subject to the everyday folk.
Super, blue, and eclipsed: Come Jan. 31, it's three moons in one.
Five UNLV graduates will be recognized by President Len Jessup during winter commencement for their combination of academic excellence and service to the community.
Physics professor Michael Pravica teams up with Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch in Bleacher Report web series.
Get ready for the sun to go dark during the day, but don't grab your shades. UNLV astrophysicist Jason Steffen on being humbled by the universe.
University Forum lecture looks back 30 years to the first time anyone since the days of Queen Elizabeth I was able to see a supernova with the naked eye.
“Inquiry: The Art of Scientific Discovery” shows the beauty of science and the artistic side of even the most lab-bound of scientists.
Zhaohuan Zhu is the first UNLV scientist to earn fellowship for early career scholars considered ‘next generation of scientific leaders.’
Exoplanet discoveries have opened up brash new ways to think about the way systems operate in distant galaxies, and challenged how we approach own galactic neighborhood.
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Physics and Astronomy In The News
Considering how many people willingly wait in long lines, it’s surprising how much they hate it.
The Kepler telescope has run out of fuel and officially entered retirement. Luckily, there is a replacement on the way to continue our observation of the stars.
For centuries, human beings have wondered about the possibility of other Earths orbiting distant stars. Perhaps some of these alien worlds would harbor strange forms of life or have unique and telling histories or futures. But it was only in 1995 that astronomers spotted the first planets orbiting sunlike stars outside of our solar system.
Astronomers expect TESS to find thousands more planetary systems.
Rogue planets are the drifters of the galaxy, wandering interstellar space alone. Now it turns out they could have company in the form of moons — and perhaps even sustain life that hitched a ride on them.
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