Exploring Your Universe 2014

This year’s Exploring Your Universe (EYU) event at UCLA will be held on Sunday, November 16th, 2014. Exploring Your Universe is an annual event held on the UCLA campus that includes science exhibitions, hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments. The event is free to the public and promises an exciting time and a great learning experience for kids and adults alike.

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ELFIN - Students Satellite

To conduct research on “space weather,” an enterprising group of UCLA undergraduates is manufacturing the first satellite built entirely on the UCLA campus.

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All gifts to Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, no matter their size, help the Department maintain and strengthen its international reputation for excellence, as well as its impact in the community.

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Greetings from the Chairman


In the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, we seek to understand the Earth and the planets. Our students, researchers, and faculty tackle a wide range of problems, from the Sun to the most distant planets, and from the center of the Earth to the tenuous ionized gases of the solar wind. We probe the interior of the Earth using seismic data, laboratory measurements, and computer modeling. We study both the ancient tectonics of the Earth and its ongoing activity. We explore Earth's upper atmosphere using spacecraft to measure magnetic fields and plasmas. Moving outward from Earth, we study other planets, their interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, and particle and field environments.

--Kevin McKeegan

Upcoming Events

ESS 235A - Geocheminar

Title: Short eruption window revealed by absolute growth rate in a granitic magma
Date: Nov. 25, 2014
Time: noon - 1 p.m.
Speaker: Melanie Barboni

ESS 245A - Tectonics Seminar

Title: Can seismic observations be used to improve our knowledge on fluvial erosion processes, Arctic
Date: Nov. 26, 2014
Time: noon - 1 p.m.
Speaker: Florent Gimbert

ESS 235A - Geocheminar

Title: Understanding environmental controls on trace elements in coral aragonite
Date: Dec. 2, 2014
Time: noon - 1 p.m.
Speaker: Whitney Doss

News and Announcements

11/04/2014 - Congratulations to Patrick Boehnke

Graduate student Patrick Boehnke has just received the Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award. The prize is awarded to undergraduate ...

10/14/2014 - Viscosity of Carbonate Melts Similar to Water, not Silicate Melts

Despite extensive studies on the occurrence and stability of carbonate-rich melts, physical properties (such as density, viscosity, and mobility) of ...

9/24/2014 - Spinlab Featured on Popular Fluid Dynamics Website

The SpinLab is featured on a popular fluid dynamics website. SPINLab scientists used a tank, a record player, and dye ...