Adam Burgasser to speak at Fleet Museum on Comet ISON


Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) is one of the most anticipated astronomical events this year, and it is now approaching perihelion when it will be brightest and its tail most developed.  This coming Tuesday morning, Cool Stars Lab PI will be joining other astronomers and scientists at the Reuben H. Fleet Museum for a public viewing of the comet and to answer questions about it. Let’s hope for clear skies!

Adam Burgasser visits Morehouse College in preparation for Summer Bridge Program


Cool Star Lab PI Adam Burgasser visited Morehouse College November 19th to meet with Physics faculty members, including Profs. Willie Rockward (left) and Aakhut Bat (right), and students, in preparation for this summer’s UCSD-Morehouse Physics Summer Bridge Program.  Three Morehouse students will be supported this year for an 8-week summer research and graduate training program at UC San Diego.   Adam gave on talk on brown dwarf astrophysics to Morehouse Physics majors, which can be seen on YouTube.

Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi named an IPAC Visiting Graduate Fellow


Graduate student Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi has earned an IPAC Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship for 2014.  She will be working with Dr. Chris Gelino at Caltech/IPAC for six months, analyzing Hubble Space Telescope images of late-type T and Y dwarfs identified by WISE.  Muchas felicidades Daniella!


Carl Melis wins Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar Award

Dr. Carl Melis, NSF and CASS Postdoctoral Fellow, was named a recipient of the 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar Award.  The award honors postdoctoral researchers who excel in research, demonstrate innovation and productivity, have a significant impact in their field, play a leadership role in mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, and show a strong service record on and off campus. Carl was specifically cited for his many research accomplishments, including his recent Nature result reporting a rapidly disappearing disk around a sun-like star; mentoring high school, undergraduate and graduate students at UCSD; and developing a new Astrophysics laboratory course for the department (Physics 164). He will receive a $1000 research award and be honored at a lunch reception on Sept. 13, 2013.

Project Planetaria to Perform at La Jolla Playhouse October 4-5

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Adam Burgasser’s science-art collaboration Project Planetaria will be presenting a new work, Our Star Will Die Alone, in two performances at the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, October 4-5 at 10:30pm. The site-specific piece will explore what it means to live the life of a star through a participatory performance, integrating data-driven elements that our rooted in our scientific understanding of stellar astrophysics. Audience members will witness the birth of our star, explore its fusion through hand-held custom electronic devices (“Project Planetaria Devices”) and listen to its chaotic, post-main sequence death throes with a heavy metal score based on stellar evolutionary calculations. Through sound, light, projection, and a death metal band, this performance will articulate the productive and destructive aspects of our primary source of light and energy.

Tickets ($15) can be purchased at Festival website:

You can follow the creative process in the production of this show here.