Topic: Astronomy and Cosmology

Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest

UVA team’s discovery of elusive dwarf galaxies provides critical support for a theory of creations

Sandy Liss (Grad ’14, ’19), Sabrina Stierwalt and Chris Wiens’ (Col ’17) findings could give astronomers new data about how galaxies formed.

Summer 2017

NASA’s Unseen Heroes

NASA’s Unseen Heroes

Alumna discovers a bestseller and major motion picture in her own backyard

Margot Lee Shetterly discovered an important part of American space race history in her own childhood neighborhood.

Winter 2016

Our Solar System, Ourselves

Our Solar System, Ourselves

Engineering students study the anthropology of outer space

What exactly is "the Anthropology of Outer Space," and how does it help science students gain valuable perspective about their work?

Winter 2016

Secrets of the Stars

Secrets of the Stars

APOGEE gives astronomers a new view of the galaxy

As part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the APOGEE project is giving us a clearer view of our dusty galaxy.

Summer 2015

Close Call

Close Call

UVA astronomer spots passing asteroid

The prospect of asteroids smashing into Earth might seem highly unlikely, but for astronomers like UVA research scientist Greg Black, it’s a scenario to be taken seriously. A large asteroid could cause catastrophic damage; asteroids have hit the planet many times in the past and may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Summer 2008

Highlights

Practical Magic

Practical Magic

The physics class, created by professor Louis Bloomfield in 1991, is a big hit with nonscience majors.

Summer on Grounds

Summer on Grounds

When all goes well, life at UVA in the summer is quiet. But that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening. Here’s a snapshot of some of what happened on Grounds this summer.