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Breakthrough Listen and Tabby's Star

UC Berkeley's Breakthrough Listen project to spend several exciting nights observing Tabby's star from the Green Bank Telescope, located in West Virginia.  

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HERA project receives nearly $10 million in funding from NSF

An experiment, lead by Astronomy's Professor Aaron Parsons, to explore the aftermath of cosmic dawn, when stars and galaxies first lit up the universe, has received nearly $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to expand its detector array in South Africa.

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Galaxy hunter Hyron Spinrad dies at 81

Remembering Galactic researcher, Berkeley alumni, and Department of Astronomy Professor Emeritus Dr. Hyron "Hy" Spinrad.

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Methane Enshrouds Nearby Jupiter-like Exoplanet

From article by Robert Sanders: "The Gemini Planet Imager has discovered and photographed its first planet, a methane-enshrouded gas giant much like Jupiter that may hold the key to understanding how large planets form in the swirling accretion disks around stars. The GPI instrument, which is mounted on the 8-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile, is the size of a small car and was …

TAGS: discoveries, Jason Wang, James Graham, GPI, Robert De Rosa

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Leuschner Observatory Garners New Attention

The Leuschner Observatory, part of the Astronomy department’s arsenal of research and teaching equipment, continues to receive attention from its hidden home in the hills above Lafayette, CA. As the department works to review and map out much needed upgrades and repairs to the observatory’s infrastructure, Leuschner is seeing increased interest: In January, architect Carol Reif …

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Investor Yuri Milner joins with Berkeley in $100 million search for extraterrestrial intelligence

On Monday July 20th, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and it's founder, famed internet investor Yuri Milner, announced a contract with UC Berkeley that will provide a massive boost of funding towards the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The foundation has pledged $100 million dollars over the next 10 years to UC Berkeley and other additional institutions as part of the …

TAGS: SETI, Dan Werthimer, Andrew Siemion, Breakthrough, Prize

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Dr. Gibor Basri's 2015 Commencement Address

Read Dr. Gibor Basri's address to the graduating class of 2014-2015.

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