21-cm Cosmology Workshop Sponsored by SSL to be Held on Oct-17-20, 2022


SSL is sponsoring and organizing the 5th edition of the Global 21-cm Cosmology Workshop, which will be held on Oct 17-20, 2022 at the Lawrence Hall of Science. The organizing committee is led by senior fellow Raul Monsalve, and includes Stuart Bale, Ilia Roussev, Lissvett Garcia Fields, and Jensine Irasusta, as well as members of […]

SSL’s ASSURE 2022 REU program wraps up with sunny poster session

Advancing Space Sciences through Undergraduate Research Experience (ASSURE) is SSL’s NSF-funded REU program which aims to provide authentic cutting edge research experiences in the space sciences to early stage undergraduates. In particular ASSURE primarily serves California community college students, especially those from under-represented groups, first-generation college students and those for whom obtaining a research experience […]

SSL Community Mourns Astronomer Garrett Jernigan

Astronomer Jesse Garrett Jernigan, Jr., known to all as Garrett, passed away unexpectedly on May 9, 2022 in Petaluma, California. He was 71. Jernigan’s work in high energy astrophysics and related instrumentation led to noteworthy discoveries involving cataclysmic variables, X-ray and gamma ray burst sources, quasars and pulsars. After moving to California in 1981, Jernigan […]

Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros featured in Science@Cal lecture series


“Why study the universe?” begins SSL solar physicist Dr. Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros. “I would rather ask myself, ‘Why not study the universe?’ We are all children of the stars—all our essential components come from stars, from their explosions.” For the third year in a row, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco has […]

NASA’s NuSTAR Mission Celebrates 10 Years Studying the X-Ray Universe

After a decade of observing some of the hottest, densest, and most energetic regions in our universe, this small but powerful space telescope still has more to see. NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is turning 10. Launched on June 13, 2012, this space telescope detects high-energy X-ray light and studies some of the most energetic […]

Students take EOA on a Zero-G flight

On May 10, SSL’s EOA (Enceladus Organic Analyzer) group flew their “lab-on-a-chip” on a Zero-G flight in Florida. Check out the Berkeley News story, “Berkeley students flip, float and experiment on zero gravity flight.“

Psyche asteroid explorer arrives at Kennedy Space Center for launch preps

The High Voltage Power Supplies for the GRS and NS Instruments on the Psyche spacecraft were designed and built at SSL A U.S. military cargo plane delivered NASA’s Psyche spacecraft from California to the Kennedy Space Center last week, starting a three-month campaign to ready the asteroid explorer for liftoff on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy […]

NASA Mission Finds Tonga Volcanic Eruption Effects Reached Space

[NASA featured article] When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai volcano erupted on Jan. 15, 2022, it sent atmospheric shock waves, sonic booms, and tsunami waves around the world. Now, scientists are finding the volcano’s effects also reached space. Analyzing data from NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, mission and ESA’s (the European Space Agency) Swarm satellites, […]

Mars’ sky gets a mysterious green aurora resembling a giant worm

Scientists struggle to explain a new Martian light show. Rather than little green men, the astronauts who put their boots on Martian ground are more likely to be greeted by green-streaked skies. Scientists have known for more than 15 years that auroras, vibrant light shows in the atmosphere, exist on Mars. The planet’s auroras were […]