New Astronomy Faculty: Prof. George Becker

Prof. George Becker just joined the faculty members at the Physics and Astronomy Department at UC Riverside. His research focuses on the diffuse network of dark matter and gas that permeates the space between galaxies. George received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, then did his Ph.D. in astrophysics at Caltech. I was a postdoctoral … Continue reading »


Massive cluster found with intense star formation by UCR astronomers

An international group of astrophysicists made a rare find, they discovered a huge cluster of colliding galaxies sheltering a core bursting with new stars. “It is very exciting to have discovered such an interesting object,” said Gillian Wilson, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Riverside and a member of the research … Continue reading »


Lunar Eclipse Viewing

The last weekend of September 2015 the Physics and Astronomy Department at UC Riverside will hold several public activities to celebrate the last total lunar eclipse that California will be able to enjoy until the year 2018. Know more about lunar eclipses in our bulletin and presentation (en español: boletín y presentación). Remember they are perfectly safe … Continue reading »


UCR to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Hubble

The Physics and Astronomy Department at UC Riverside will be hosting a series of events the week of April 20-24 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. The events include a photo exhibitions and talks from astronomers at UCR. For more details, see the poster.


Astronomy Public Lecture Series, "Cosmic Thursdays" begins Nov. 6th.

  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCR is hosting a new series of public lectures aimed at making astronomy understandable to all. The first lecture, "Einstein's Telescope: Using Gravitational Lenses as Telescopes to Reveal the Distant Universe" by Prof. Brian Siana is this Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6pm. More info here.


UC Riverside to host free public telescope observation of Oct. 8 lunar eclipse

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, California, along with several states in the western United States, will witness a total lunar eclipse, the last lunar eclipse in 2014. The eclipse will be visible with the naked eye.  It will start at 1:15 a.m. and end at 6:33 a.m., Pacific Time.  More info here.

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