Scientists Gather to Discuss Future Objectives of Arecibo Observatory

Chair of UCF’s physics department part of discussion about how to best harness the power of the observatory for future space-related research. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA The Arecibo Observatory and its researchers hosted scientists from around the world this week to discuss the future of research at the Puerto Rican facility under UCF management. Planetary Read More …

“Pluto – Never Forget”: FSI-led work tops UCF research findings of 2018

Pluto was demoted from a planet in 2006 according to the definition of a planet set by the International Astronomical Union, after discussion and voting from astronomers and planetary scientists from all over the world. However, the controversy of this move is far from over. FSI’s Philip Metzger is challenging the reclassification, with a literature Read More …

The FSI Senior Design Program: Connecting UCF students with space research

With the Florida Space Institute (FSI) Senior Design Program, UCF students have an opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary teams to tackle real problems in space research. The program kicked off early in 2018 with three goals:   Match NASA Kennedy Space Center project opportunities with UCF Senior Design Faculty and Student Teams Create unique, NASA-mentored, Read More …

FSI Associate Scientist Awarded NASA Grant

Dr. Julie Brisset, an Associate Scientist at the Florida Space Institute, was recently awarded a NASA grant to study man-made dust clouds in microgravity.  The Dust In-Situ Manipulation System (DIMS) is a platform that can conduct controlled experiments on dust grains; ultimately providing insight on how dust grain material properties, sizes, and shapes affect how Read More …

Arecibo Observatory proves that Einstein was right (again)

Data collected from the William E. Gordon Telescope at the Arecibo Observatory helped researchers confirm the strong equivalence principle of general relativity for heavy objects. An essential concept in Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the equivalence principle, proposed that all objects accelerate identically in an external gravitational field. Prior to the results by Archibald, et al. published in Nature, Read More …