The Veil Nebula is part of a supernova remnant known as the Cygnus Loop.  It is the shattered remains of one, and possibly two, supernovae that exploded more than 15,000 years ago. (Graphic cropped)  Credit: T. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage and NOAO/AURA/NSF

The Kavli Foundation supports leading science aimed at understanding the origin, structure and composition of the cosmos.

Kavli Astrophysics Institutes

The astrophysics institutes are pioneering research centers engaged in prominent international and national astrophysics initiatives, such as the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, the South Pole Telescope, and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. There are currently five institutes:

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The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics is awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding of the origin, evolution and properties of the universe. The Kavli Prize consists of a scroll, medal and cash award of one million dollars.

NAS Kavli Frontiers in Science

The Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia bring together some of the very best young scientists across many disciplines to share and discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields.

Special Highlight: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is an ambitious physics experiment designed to measure gravitational waves reaching our planet from deep space.