National Asteroid Day: A Celebration of Mysterious Small Bodies

For June 30’s day of observance, here’s a special nod to the eight asteroids making waves in the solar system — just like their UCF faculty namesakes. BY SIMONE ROUSSEAU | JUNE 30, 2020 Imagine a celestial body larger than the Statue of Liberty skyrocketing past Earth with enough energy to flatten a city. Since 2011 this Read More …

UCF Provides Maps, Ice Favorability Index to Companies Looking to Mine the Moon

A UCF team creates a geological model that will give prospectors a better idea of where the moon may hide its water ice, which may play a role in future human exploration of the solar system. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | JUNE 1, 2020 | https://www.ucf.edu/news/ucf-provides-maps-ice-favorability-index-to-companies-looking-to-mine-the-moon/ The 49ers who panned for gold during California’s Gold Rush didn’t Read More …

Interview with FSI’s Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr. David Mackler.

Anshare (Interviewer): What university did you graduate from and what field did you get your PhD in? David (Interviewee): I have two bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. My Ph.D. in Physics is from The University of Texas at San Antonio, but my research was conducted at Southwest Read More …

Interview with FSI’s Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr. Raúl Carballo Rubio.

Anshare (Interviewer): What university did you graduate from and what field did you get your PhD in? Raúl (Interviewee): I studied Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Seville. I got my PhD from the Spanish National Research Council and the University of Granada. A: How did you become interested in your current Read More …

UCF Postdoctoral Researcher Detects Satellite Orbiting a Small Body in Solar System

The technique used to detect the satellite could help identify more objects, which could potentially help broaden our understanding of our solar system. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | DECEMBER 11, 2019 https://www.ucf.edu/news/ucf-postdoctoral-researcher-detects-hunts-of-satellite-orbiting-dwarf-planet/ A University of Central Florida postdoctoral scholar has detected hints of a satellite orbiting an object beyond Neptune. Estela Fernandez-Valenzuela, a postdoctoral research associate at Read More …

FSI Team Awarded Solar System Workings Grant by NASA

Dr. Julie Brisset, research scientist at the Florida Space Institute, was awarded a Solar System Workings grant by NASA to study a potential formation scenario for rings around outer Solar System objects. Outside of the inner solar system, beyond Neptune, there are bodies called transneptunian objects that contain ices; their composition is different from asteroids Read More …

Interview with Ana Carolina de Souza Feliciano: an Astronomy PhD student at Observatório Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ana Carolina de Souza Feliciano is an international student from Brazil. She is collaborating with Dr. Noemí Pinilla-Alonso on the study of small Solar System bodies from an observational perspective at FSI. Anshare Antoine, Interviewer: What are you studying? Ana Carolina de Souza Feliciano, Interviewee: I am studying Small Solar System bodies from an observational Read More …

Arecibo Observatory to Offer New Opportunities for Visiting Scientists

$1.5 million grant to help launch new programs, including guaranteed telescope time for selected participants. BY ZENAIDA KOTALA | NOVEMBER 14, 2019 The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will launch a new series of programs to host junior and senior scientists at the observatory to boost the transfer of science knowledge and train the next generations of Read More …

Recently Accepted Manuscript to the Astronomical Journal.

Dr. Charles Schambeau and co-authors, Yanga Fernandez, Nalin Samarasinha, Laura Woodney, Arunav Kundu’s manuscript, “Analysis of HST WFPC2 Observations of Centaur 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 while in Outburst to Place Constraints on the Nucleus’ Rotation State,” has been recently accepted to the Astronomical Journal. A preprint version of the article has been uploaded and accepted on arXiv Read More …

UCF’s James Webb Space Telescope proposal led by FSI’s postdoctoral researcher, Estela Fernández-Valenzuela, was accepted!

UCF’s proposal to “become a resource for researchers in Florida, Puerto Rico and Latin America seeking an opportunity to use the new James Webb Space Telescope to be launched by NASA,” led by FSI’s postdoctoral researcher, Estela Fernández-Valenzuela, was accepted by the Space Telescope Sciences Institute (STScI). FSI scientist, Noemi Pinilla-Alonso, and physics graduate student, Read More …