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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 oversight while others look to approach this project …

TAGS: SETI, Dan Werthimer, METI, California Magazine

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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 on …

TAGS: Lick Observatory, Events, Yuri's Night, Lauren Weiss, Erik Petigura, Jason Wang

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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 & the Search for ET Hear about …

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. “Infrared light would be an excellent means of interstellar communication,” said Shelley Wright from the University of California (UC) …

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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 – a massive galaxy within a cluster of …

TAGS: Supernova, Patrick Kelly, Hubble, Melissa Graham, Bradley Tucker, Alex Filippenko, research, discoveries

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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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Astronomers, Physicists Celebrate as Campbell Hall Rises Again

After years of planning and construction, Campbell Hall (home of the Department of Astronomy) held it's official dedication ceremony last week. Donors, architects, and other project contributors were thanked during the event by speakers that included the new dean of physical sciences Frances Hellman, former Executive Dean Mark Richards, and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks.  Campbell Hall …

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Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

Copied from original article located here. By Robert Sanders - February 10th 2015 Google Inc. has given $1 million to the University of California’s Lick Observatory in what astronomers hope is the first of many private gifts to support an invaluable teaching and research resource for the state. The unrestricted funds, spread over two years, will go toward general expenses, …

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