How did the universe evolve? How can we explain its objects? Does life exist elsewhere? With remarkable new technologies, scientists are tracing the faintest of trails into the farthest reaches of space, allowing deeper exploration into the history of the universe and the panoply of objects within it, from exoplanets to supermassive black holes.

Search for Life in the Universe

Supporting interdisciplinary inquiry into the emergence of life and its place in the universe

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Enabling the development and construction of instruments to perform groundbreaking research in astrophysics

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Explore the latest news, events, and discoveries from the field of astrophysics.

Kavli Astrophysics Institutes

The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

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, including the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, astronomy, planetary science, solar physics, space science, astrobiology, astronomical and astrophysical instrumentation, and particle astrophysics.

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The heaven is the largest laboratory of all, so big and powerful it excites and astounds our imagination. Scientists are unlocking the secrets of the universe from the beginning into eternity, thanks to astrophysics.

- Fred Kavli