Tag Space & astronomy

UW–Madison alumni, students forge team to aid proposed NASA mission

May 24, 2018

A group of UW–Madison students used a foundry to cast a stand-in for a spacecraft that may rendezvous with a comet two decades from now.

Prototype camera set for integration into novel gamma-ray telescope

May 3, 2018

A unique high-speed camera, designed to capture the fleeting effects of gamma rays crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere, will soon be on its way from the University of Wisconsin–Madison to Arizona’s Mount Hopkins.

‘Origins’ scientists to take your questions Thursday during Reddit AMA

May 1, 2018

Ever wondered what it’s like to unearth a long-buried human ancestor? Or to peer into the night sky to discover the mysteries of galaxy evolution? Find out Thursday.

In ‘Origins,’ UW–Madison and South African scientists tackle mysteries of our shared beginnings

April 23, 2018

The quest to understand our beginnings — of our universe, of life on Earth, of our species — inspires people all over the world. At UW–Madison, researchers have forged partnerships with colleagues in South Africa and are uncovering answers and opening new scientific frontiers.

Remembering astronaut Laurel Clark, 15 years after Columbia tragedy

February 1, 2018

Clark, a UW–Madison graduate, was killed along with six other crew members when the space shuttle disintegrated upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere.

First measurement of the cosmic-ray spectrum with HAWC

December 8, 2017

It bridges measurements at higher energy usually performed by ground based detectors and measurements at lower energy that previously had been conducted by detectors on satellites and balloons.

Astronomy video game wins national award

August 10, 2017

“At Play in the Cosmos,” an educational video game developed at UW–Madison, won the third annual Mashable + Games for Change People’s Choice Award.

How to take in the eclipse: Tips from UW Space Place

July 28, 2017

The effects of the partial eclipse in Wisconsin will be subtle, but worth watching nonetheless.

Celestial boondocks: Study supports the idea that we live in a void

June 6, 2017

An undergraduate's work confirms we live in a hole in the cosmos, and sheds light on how we measure the rate at which the universe is expanding.