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Giant Telescope Takes a Close Look at a Lava Lake on Jupiter's Moon Io

Scientists recently confirmed information regarding Loki Patera, a volcanic depression on Io (the innermost of Jupiter's four moons) that, up until recently, scientists were unable to closely examine. Using the combined Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) and Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI), in addition …

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Automated Planet Finder Discovers Three New Planets

The Automated Planet Finder (APF), a robotic telescope located at Lick Observatory, has discovered three new planets around a near-by star. These planets, or Super-Earths, have a mass seven to eight times that of Earth; while most planets discovered outside of our solar system have been the size of Neptune or larger, the APF

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Department Celebrates First CalDay in Campbell Hall!

The Department of Astronomy participated in CalDay, the annual event where campus opens its doors to anyone looking to learn more about Berkeley and explore everything the campus has to offer. CalDay attendees came to participate in a number of hands-on events and activities hosted by the department that included building scale models of the solar system, learning how to …

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Search for Alien Civilizations on Other Planets Gets a Boost

The San Francisco Chronicle caught up with Professor Geoff Marcy and his colleague Nathaniel Tellis as they conduct their search for laser evidence of advanced civilizations within the Milky Way galaxy with the help of Keck Observatory.

You can find the complete article …

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UC Berkeley Astronomers Lead New NASA-Funded Search for Habitable Planets

Department of Astronomy faculty member James Graham will lead one of the 16 new projects funded by NASA in efforts to streamline the search for habitable planets. The project is part of the newly announced NExSS (Nexus for Exoplanet System Science) which seeks to bring together "the best and the brightest" to oversee the search. 

The …

TAGS: Erik Petigura, Eugene Chiang, James Graham, Jason Wang, Lauren Weiss, NASA, NExSS, Paul Kalas, planets, Project, Tushar Mittal

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Debates Continue Over Messaging Extra Terrestrials

Experts Geoff Marcy (Department of Astronomy Faculty Member and SETI chair) and Dan Werthimer (Department of Astronomy Researcher and Chief Scientist of SETI@Home) recently gave an interview to California Magazine to discuss METI, the Messaging of Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the argument for proceeding with caution and implenting …

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Berkeley Participates in Yuri's Night Celebration at CalAcademy

Every year in April a world-wide celebration is held to honor Yuri Gagarin, the first human being to venture into space. This year, members from the UC Berkeley Department of Astronomy took part in honoring this historical achievement with a Yuri's Night celebration at the California Academy of Sciences. Graduate students Erik Petigura and Jason Wang managed telescope viewings …

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CalDay 2015!

CalDay 2015 is almost here! On April 18th the campus opens up to the public for hands-on activities, lectures, presentations, tours, food, and other opportunities to engage with the campus community. The Astronomy department is hosting a number of events; see below for a complete listing so you can plan out your day!

Are We Alone?: SETI@home …

TAGS: Alex Filippenko, CalDay, Campbell Hall, Carl Heiles, Dan Werthimer, Gibor Basri, Undergraduate Lab

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New Instrument Extends the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence to New Realms

From Astronomy Magazine:

"Astronomers have expanded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence into a new realm with detectors tuned to infrared light. Their new instrument has just begun to scour the sky for messages from other worlds.

TAGS: Dan Werthimer, extraterrestrial, facilities, Lick Observatory, research, SETI

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Distant Supernova Split Four Ways by Gravitational Lens

From release by Robert Sanders:  "Over the past several decades, astronomers have come to realize that the sky is filled with magnifying glasses that allow the study of very distant and faint objects barely visible with even the largest telescopes.

A University of California, Berkeley, astronomer has now found that one of these lenses …

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