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Jun 07

Dabbieri named 2018 Astronaut Scholar

HDL student Collin Dabbieri has been named one of the 2018/19 Astronaut Scholars of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). This scholarship recognizes an elite group of...

May 07

Matt Clements leads work exploring the early history of Mars

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team led by Matt Clement explains why the growth of Mars was stunted by an orbital instability among the outer...

Apr 11

Matthew Peters named 2018 Goldwater Scholar

OU physics/astronomy major Matthew Peters has been named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar.  Read more about Matthew's success here: Goldwater Scholar.  Congrats Matthew!!

Jan 29

Alum Berdis wins prestigious NASA Fellowship

Physics & Astronomy undergraduate alumnus Jodi Berdis recently won a prestigious NASA Jenkins Fellowship, described in more detail here.  Congrats Jodi!!

Jan 25

Neal Lane publishes op-ed piece in NYT

Neal Lane, a member of the department's Board of Visitors, recently coauthored an op-ed article in the New York Times. The piece alludes to the...

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Postcards from the Universe

Jul 19, 2018 7:00 pm

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History - Dr. Nate Kaib
The Solar System's Adolescent Years

Postcards from the Universe

Aug 16, 2018 7:00 pm

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History - Dr. John Wisniewski
The Search for Habitable Planets

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Aug 23, 2018 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - No Colloquium
1st week of Classes

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Sep 06, 2018 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Aida Wofford
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Sep 13, 2018 3:45 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Amanda Moffett
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Featured Research: An OU Study Explains Why Mars Growth Stunted by Early Giant Planetary Instability

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team explains why the growth of Mars was stunted by an orbital instability among the outer solar system's giant planets in a new study on the evolution of the young solar system. The OU study builds on the widely-accepted Nice Model, which invokes a planetary instability to explain many peculiar observed aspects of the outer solar system. An OU model used computer simulations to show how planet accretion (growth) is halted by the outer solar system instability. Without it, Mars possibly could have become a larger, habitable planet like Earth.

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