Observation and Research Facilities
HERA is an experiment dedicated to detecting and characterizing the signature of hydrogen during the epoch of reionization, the period when the first stars ignited and began to reionize the neutral gas that was the Universe. It is a Berkeley-led international collaborative project located in the Karoo Desert of the Northern Cape province of South Africa and continues to be expanded to detect this cosmologically important signal. It succeeds the earlier project called Precision Array Probing the Epoch of Reionization (PAPER). Partners are Berkeley, Arizona State University, Brown University, University of Cambridge, UCLA, MIT, NRAO, University of Pennsylvania, SKA-South Africa, Scuola Normale Superiore, and University of Washington.
The KAIT Research Offices, located in 525 Campbell Hall, are available to students conducting work with the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT), an entirely robotic telescope dedicated to the search for supernovae and the monitoring of celestial objects. KAIT is a 76 cm diameter reflecting telescope equipped with a CCD camera and automatic guider; it is housed at Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton, just east of San Jose, California.
The remote observing facilities, located in Campbell Hall rooms 144, 146, and 155, provide a comfortable environment to conduct your Keck and Lick observations with all of the convenience of staying in Berkeley.
The Rooftop Observatory, located on the 6th floor rooftop of Campbell Hall, houses the Richard Treffers Telescope, a 17” PlaneWave CDK17, F/6.8 alt/az mount optical telescope used to facilitiate student instruction and research.
Undergraduate Research Offices
The Undergraduate Research Offices are a series of work-spaces that are made available for students conducting research with an Astronomy department member. An extension of the Undergrad Lab, these spaces are available on a rotating basis. For more information, please contact Rayna Helgens.