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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, Robert De Rosa, GPI

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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 …

TAGS: awards, Leuschner Observatory

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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, Geoff Marcy, 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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Department of Astronomy Celebrates 2015 Commencement

On May 20th, the Department of Astronomy held a joint commencement ceremony with the Physics Department to recognize our graduates for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Department of Astronomy is proud to announce 28 Undergraduate students received their A.B. degrees, 5 graduate students completed their Master’s, and 5 students received their Ph.D's.  The …

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Campbell-LeConte Bridge Officially Completed

After months of waiting, the Campbell-LeConte bridge was finally cleared for use last week, marking the achievement of another major milestone towards the completion of the Campbell Hall building renovation. The bridge, which connects Campbell Hall (home of the Astronomy department) and LeConte Hall (home to the Physics Department), aims to help foster a stronger, …

TAGS: Campbell Hall, Imke de Pater, bridge

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Berkeley SETI at CalDay

On CalDay, The Berkeley SETI team set-up shop in the lobby of Campbell Hall and spent the day greeting CalDay attendees and answering questions about stars, planets, and extraterrestrial life; Below is a video provided by Berkeley SETI that captured part of their day!

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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 to the LMIRcam, the camera recording images in the …

TAGS: planets, Imke de Pater, katherine de kleer, LBT

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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 purposefully targets smaller planets around nearby stars in …

TAGS: Geoff Marcy, discoveries, Lauren Weiss, Howard Isaacson, Automated Planet Finder, 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 …

TAGS: Campbell Hall, SETI, CalDay, SES-B

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