• This revolutionary new observatory will locate threatening asteroids and millions of galaxies

    Beginning next year, the Vera C. Rubin Observatory will use the world’s largest digital camera to give us a whole new view of the universe. Mario Jurić, professor of astronomy at the UW, is quoted.
    06/20/2024 | Smithsonian Magazine
  • “Starman” Fraser Wins Teaching Award

    The 2023-24 Honors Excellence in Teaching Award goes to Dr. Oliver Fraser, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Astronomy.

    05/16/2024 | UW Honors
  • Despite global climate change, Earth is surprisingly carbon poor

    Despite problems with humanity’s use of carbon-based fossil fuels, our whole existence is based on this element’s ability to create rich chemistry. Don Brownlee, professor of astronomy at the UW, is mentioned.
    05/13/2024 | Forbes
  • Killer asteroid hunters spot 27,500 overlooked space rocks

    With the help of Google Cloud, scientists churned through hundreds of thousands of images of the night sky to reveal that the solar system is filled with unseen objects. Željko Ivezić, professor of astronomy at the UW, is quoted.
    05/01/2024 | The New York Times
  • If alien life is found, how should scientists break the news?

    At a recent workshop, researchers and journalists debated how to announce a potential discovery of extraterrestrial life. Victoria Meadows, professor of astronomy at the UW, is quoted.
    04/15/2024 | Scientific American
  • Subtle Seattle eclipse show couldn't outshine local enthusiasm

    Seattle’s cloudy weather made for an anticlimactic viewing of Monday’s solar eclipse. Still, that didn’t stop dozens of people who flocked to the UW’s Physics-Astronomy Building, hoping for the clouds to lift, so they could catch a glimpse of this once-in-a-generation event. The UW's Oliver Fraser, assistant teaching professor in astronomy, and Giovanni Gollotti, a student, are quoted.
    04/10/2024 | KUOW
  • Cloudy weather further reduces 2024 solar eclipse visibility

    Despite the weather conditions, the courtyard of the UW Astronomy Department was busy with people trying to catch a glimpse of the partial eclipse. The Department of Astronomy hosted a viewing event with telescopes and eclipse glasses. The UW's Oliver Fraser, assistant teaching professor in astronomy, and Ruby Heidgerken, a student, are quoted.
    04/09/2024 | KING 5
  • Scientists complete world’s biggest camera for ‘greatest movie of all time’

    Scientists have completed the construction of the world’s biggest camera after two decades of work for the Rubin Observatory in Chile. Željko Ivezić, professor of astronomy at the UW, is quoted.
    04/04/2024 | The Independent
  • Q&A: Eclipses arenât just good for jaw-dropping views â theyâre also opportunities for stellar science, says UW astronomer

    Eclipses past and present arenât just opportunities for incredible sights. Generations of researchers have used them to study phenomena ranging from the sun itself to the fabric of the universe. UW News intervewed Emily Levesque, author and associate professor of astronomy, about what scientists past and present have learned by studying eclipses.
    04/04/2024 | UW News
  • What the Sky Teaches Us

    Brittany Kamai, an astrophysicist with knowledge of Pacific Islanders' Indigenous navigation using the sky, is teaching a new UW course, Pacific Indigenous Astrophysics.

    April 2024 Perspectives
  • 10 Washington road-trip spots recommended by the people who know them best

    A list of 10 recommended road trips in Washington state includes the UW Planetarium. Andy Tzanidakis, a doctoral student in astronomy at the UW and student director of the planetarium, is quoted. Coach Jedd Fisch also is quoted about open-to-the-public football practices beginning April 2.
    The Seattle Times
  • April 20: Arts and Sciences Events at Admitted Student Day

    Admitted students and families can engage with the College of Arts and Sciences through several department and program specific events over the next few weeks.

    02/26/2024 | College of Arts & Sciences
  • SETI searches for alien signals synchronized with supernova 1987A

    Aliens might time their signals with a burst of supernova light. James Davenport, research assistant professor of astronomy at the UW, is mentioned.
  • Is there a ninth planet out there? We may soon find out

    Starting in 2025, the Vera C. Rubin observatory will increase the number of known objects circling the sun by roughly tenfold, spotting new comets, exotic asteroids from other stars, and perhaps even the elusive Planet Nine. The UW's Mario Jurić, professor of astronomy, and Pedro Bernardinelli, postdoctoral fellow in astronomy, are quoted.
    National Geographic
  • NASA boosts deep-space interferometer and other far-out ideas

    A proposal to build a far-flung set of radio antennas to measure the cosmos is one of 13 far-out concepts to receive seed funding from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, also known as NIAC. Matthew McQuinn, associate professor of astronomy at the UW, is quoted.