Department of Physics and Astronomy

A&S Physics Prof. Benne Holwerda helped NASA discover 'Godzilla Galaxy'

A&S Physics Prof. Benne Holwerda helped NASA discover 'Godzilla Galaxy'

The majestic spiral galaxy UGC 2885, observed and photographed with Hubble space telescope, for professor Benne Holwerda, PhD, may be the largest known in the local universe.

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Deep space: Scientist will discuss Hubble telescope’s probe of distant universe

Deep space: Scientist will discuss Hubble telescope’s probe of distant universe

A former director and astronomer emeritus of the Space Telescope Science Institute, Robert Williams, will talk about “Probing the Distant Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope” Oct. 31, 2019 at the University of Louisville.

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Listen to Astronomy Prof. John Kielkopf talk about his work with NASA's TESS exploration team

Listen to Astronomy Prof. John Kielkopf talk about his work with NASA's TESS exploration team

Astronomy Prof. John Kielkopf is a member of NASA's TESS exploration team which is discovering dozens of new planets. He joined Mark Hebert on UofL Today to discuss.

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UofL Physics and Astronomy researchers help find 20-some worlds on hunt for Earth-like planets

UofL Physics and Astronomy researchers help find 20-some worlds on hunt for Earth-like planets

University of Louisville researchers are part of a team that has identified more than 20 new planets outside of our solar system — some of which may have the right conditions to support life.

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PACER paves the way

PACER paves the way

On May 21, 2019, the Department of Physics & Astronomy inaugurated its powerful new computing cluster PACER (Physics & Astronomy Computer for Education and Research), made possible by a generous gift from the family of Nathan Shrewsbury Lord and Rachel Macauley Smith Lord. PACER will allow faculty and students to engage in the frontier computational research areas of astronomy, atmospheric science, condensed-matter physics, and high energy physics.

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Prof. Tim Dowling on how other planets' weather impacts science on Earth

Prof. Tim Dowling on how other planets' weather impacts science on Earth

Did you know a single day on Saturn lasts a little over 10 hours? Tim Dowling discusses the findings and how jet streams found on planets could impact science on Earth.

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Scientist will discuss universe’s ‘dark side’

Scientist will discuss universe’s ‘dark side’

University of Chicago physicist Edward “Rocky” Kolb will talk about “The Dark Side of the Universe” Oct. 4 at the University of Louisville.

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A&S Physics student makes her NASA dreams come true

A&S Physics student makes her NASA dreams come true

Meghan Carrico, a double major in Physics and Atmospheric Science, landed an internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia in 2018.

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Prof. Gerry Williger discusses recent news in astronomy

Prof. Gerry Williger discusses recent news in astronomy

Astronomy professor Gerry Williger discusses SpaceX rocket, asteroids and an artificial star that’s ticking off the astronomy community on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

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Prof. Sergio Mendes (Physics) working on early detection of the flu

Prof. Sergio Mendes (Physics) working on early detection of the flu

University of Louisville researchers are working on a potential breakthrough for early detection of influenza, pneumonia, eye infections and maybe even cancer.

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Prof. Tim Dowling (Physics & Astronomy) on Science Friday with Ira Flatow

Prof. Tim Dowling (Physics & Astronomy) on Science Friday with Ira Flatow

Tim Dowling was recently interviewed by Public Radio's Ira Flatow on Science Friday about the ice giants Uranus and Neptune.

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What role is climate change playing in this year's hurricane season?

What role is climate change playing in this year's hurricane season?

Two big hurricanes recently hit Florida and Texas. What role is climate change playing in those storms? Atmospheric scientist Jason Naylor discusses this with Mark Hebert on UofL Today.

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Astronomy professor Tim Dowling recaps the solar eclipse

Astronomy professor Tim Dowling recaps the solar eclipse

Astronomy professor Tim Dowling recaps the solar eclipse with Mark Hebert on UofL Today.

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Exoplanet discovery and the impending eclipse

Exoplanet discovery and the impending eclipse

Astrophysics teacher John Kielkopf and UofL grad Karen Collins talk about the discovery of a new exoplanet in space, UofL’s telescopes and the upcoming solar eclipse on the UofL Today with Mark Hebert radio show.

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The Greatest Two Minutes in Astronomy

The Greatest Two Minutes in Astronomy

On August 21, 2017 part of western Kentucky will be host to a total eclipse. Prof. Gerard Williger and Prof. Tim Dowling of the Dept of Physics and Astronomy comment about the event.

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A&S Scholar Conrad Smart delivers commencement address

A&S Scholar Conrad Smart delivers commencement address

Conrad Smart is graduating with his bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics, anticipating a perfect 4.0 GPA and will be delivering a commencement speech to his fellow students Saturday, May 13 at the KFC Yum! Center.

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Snow on Mars?

Snow on Mars?

In 2014, Prof. Du-Caines (Atmospheric Science) won a highly competitive, 3-year $394,000 grant from NASA to study the variability of tides in the atmosphere between earth and space.

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Arts & Sciences welcomes 27 new faculty members

Arts & Sciences welcomes 27 new faculty members

From Chemistry to Comparative Humanities, new professors bring an array of research and teaching interests. Meet the newest faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences for Fall 2016.

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Journey to Jupiter hits home

Journey to Jupiter hits home

Prof. Tim Dowling (Physics & Astronomy) on the Juno mission and its effect on his research. Juno, a NASA space probe that began orbiting the planet Jupiter on July 4, will improve our understanding of the solar system's beginnings by revealing the origin and evolution of planet.

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