Department of Physics and Astronomy
Star with two faces discovered thousands of light years from Earth
With one side composed fully of hydrogen and the other of helium, the star has been dubbed Janus after the two-faced Roman god of transition, and described in a new study published in Nature today.
Jul 19, 2023
Canadian scientists celebrate launch of Euclid satellite
Mission will explore the evolution of the dark Universe.
Jul 1, 2023
Changes in the tick of ‘cosmic clocks’ reveal gravitational waves
Using part of the Milky Way as an antenna, researchers have found evidence for gravitational waves that undulate over periods of years to decades by measuring changes in the tick of ‘cosmic clocks.’
Jun 28, 2023
Astronomers double the number of repeating cosmic probes
A Canadian-led research team has doubled the number of repeating fast radio bursts, adding 25 new ‘cosmic probes’.
Apr 26, 2023
Event: High school students compete in 45th annual UBC Physics Olympics
For the first time since 2019, more than 600 high school students, teachers and coaches from across B.C. will assemble in person on the UBC Vancouver campus for the UBC Physics Olympics, one of the largest and longest-running high-school physics competitions in North America.
Mar 1, 2023
Time machines and black holes on the agenda at quantum gravity meeting
A theory of everything, that works at a cosmic and quantum level, has eluded researchers for years.
Aug 12, 2022
Space rocket junk could have deadly consequences unless governments act
The re-entry of abandoned stages of rockets left in orbit from space launches have a six to 10 per cent chance of severely injuring or killing a human being in the next decade, according to a new UBC study.
Jul 12, 2022
Canadian telescope detects 500 fast radio bursts in a year, quadrupling number of known FRBs
The CHIME telescope detected 535 new fast radio bursts during its first year of operation – from 2018 and to 2019 – quadrupling the number of known occurrences of the puzzling pulses of radio energy from far outside our galaxy.
Jun 9, 2021
New insights into the origins of our universe
New data released today by the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) in Chile indicate our universe is around 13.8 billion years old.
Jul 15, 2020
UBC student discovers 17 new planets, including potentially habitable, Earth-sized world
UBC astronomy student Michelle Kunimoto has discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable, Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA’s Kepler mission.
Feb 28, 2020
Astronomers discover new distant dwarf planet beyond Neptune
An international team of astronomers including researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune.
Jul 11, 2016
Researchers propose new way to chart the cosmos in 3D
If only calculating the distance between Earth and far-off galaxies was as easy as pulling out the old measuring tape.
Sep 18, 2015
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation boosts ultra-fast quantum materials research at UBC
Researchers at UBC will be able to probe the mysteries of quantum materials with a new state-of-the-art ultrafast laser, thanks to a $1.4 million US grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
May 26, 2015
Glimpse of early galaxy formation captured for the first time
Hidden within images of some of the oldest light in the universe, researchers have identified what they believe are scenes of galaxies clumping together into massive structures known as galaxy clusters.
Mar 31, 2015