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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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Meet Geoff Marcy

Berkeley SETI Research Center recently profiled Geoff Marcy, planet hunter extraordinaire,  and long-time Astronomy Department faculty member.

Courtesy of the Berkeley SETI Research Center, Chris Schodt, and Steve Croft.

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Meet Dan Werthimer

Watch the Berkeley SETI Research Center's video profile for Dan Werthimer, Chief Scientist and co-founder of SETI@home and long-time department member!

Courtesy of the Berkeley SETI Research Center, Chris Schodt, and Steve Croft.

 

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