UC Santa Cruz Transient Astrophysics

Prof. Ryan Foley

The expansion history of the Universe and constraining the nature of dark energy.

Combining gravity and light to understand the Universe.

Understanding how white dwarfs explode.

Extreme explosions and rare phenomena.

Latest News

Astronomers Witness the Explosive End of a Dying Star

1/6/2022 - For the first time, astronomers have imaged in real time the dramatic end to a red supergiant’s life, watching the massive star’s rapid self-destruction and final death throes before it collapsed into a Type II supernova.

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