UCF Celebrates World Space Week All October Long

While the United Nations designated a weeklong celebration, space is a lifetime passion at UCF, reflected in its research and on the football field. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | OCTOBER 4, 2021 Today kicks off World Space Week, the largest annual space event that spans the globe. The United Nations designated the week in 1999 to help Read More …

The James Webb Space Telescope’s First Year of Extraordinary Science Has Been Revealed

“Years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) often finds itself the butt of jokes. From satirical Webcomics to more scathing criticism, the flagship project of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency is an easy target. Yet many would argue that those delays and budget concerns Read More …

Orlando-area Schoolchildren Send Nearly 100 Letters of Support to Arecibo Observatory

The letters are the latest outpouring of support for the Arecibo Observatory and its telescope, which collapsed in December 2020. BY ROBERT WELLS | MARCH 22, 2021 “Pull yourself up with happyiness (sic). We are with you Arecibo, Come back strong. I’m so sorry it broke. Because it was beautiful.” These are the words of Orlando-area schoolchildren Read More …

2021 Women’s History Month Honorees

Each March, Faculty Excellence honors 31 women for their impact on students and UCF’s campus community. This year, as we continue to charge on during a pandemic, our women faculty have not wavered in their commitments as mentors, role models, friends, researchers and teachers. This blog post will be updated daily during the month of Read More …

UCF Researcher Awarded NASA Grant to Study Little Understood trans-Neptunian Objects

Estela Fernández-Valenzuela, a preeminent post doctoral researcher at the Florida Space Institute wins a highly competitive NASA grant. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 Florida Space Institute Planetary Scientist Estela Fernández-Valenzuela has been awarded a $315,700 NASA grant to use modern day technology to analyze one of the oldest and least understood objects of 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 …

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 …

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 …

9 Luminary Award Recipients Honored for Making an Impact on the World

The third annual awards recognize researchers  for being academic leaders making an impact on the world through their studies and scholarship. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | OCTOBER 24, 2019 he University of Central Florida honored nine outstanding faculty members Wednesday during the third annual Luminary Awards Celebration. The recipients are academic leaders making an impact through their Read More …