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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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Sep 06, 2018 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Aida Wofford
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Colloquium

Sep 13, 2018 3:45 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Amanda Moffett
TDB

Postcards from the Universe

Sep 13, 2018 7:00 pm

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History - Dr. Amanda Moffett
Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Gravitational Lensing

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Featured Research: Astrophysicists identify composition of earth-size planets

A University of Oklahoma post-doctoral astrophysics researcher, Billy Quarles, has identified the possible compositions of the seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Using thousands of numerical simulations to identify the planets stable for millions of years, Quarles concluded that six of the seven planets are consistent with an Earth-like composition. The exception is TRAPPIST-1f, which has a mass of 25 percent water, suggesting that TRAPPIST-1e may be the best candidate for future habitability studies.

"The goal of exoplanetary astronomy is to find planets that…