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Breakthrough Listen and Tabby's Star

The Breakthrough Listen project, lead by Andrew Siemion and Dan Werthimer, will be teaming with visiting astronomer Jason Wright and Tabetha Boyajian, the Louisiana State University assistant professor of physics and …

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Tracking of Eruptions on Juptier's moon Io

Astronomy graduate student, Katherine de Kleer, and Professor Imke de Pater lead observations of Io's hundreds of active vocanoes using adaptive optics to remove atmospheric blur. Read the full article

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Recent Faculty Discoveries Include Learning What's Under Jupiter's Clouds and the Most Precise Measurement of Universal Expansion to Date

Imke de Pater and Team's Research Sheds New Light on What Lies Beneath Jupiter's Clouds

Imke de Pater and her team, including Postdoc Mike Wong and co-authur Robert Sault, have produced the most detailed radio map of Jupiter's atmosphere, revealing massive movement of ammonia gases and finding how this movement contributes to the understanding of …

TAGS: Alex Filippenko, Imke de Pater, Jupiter, Universe, Expansion

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Department Climate Update

On February 3rd 2016, Department Chair Eugene Chiang sent a letter to the Astronomy and campus community to provide an update on the various actions taken to prevent harassment and improve the overall climate within the department. Among these are the creation of the Astronomy Climate Advisors, a group comprising Astronomy Faculty, Staff, Postdoc, Graduate Student, and …

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Galaxy hunter Hyron Spinrad dies at 81

Galactic researcher Dr. Hyron "Hy" Spinrad, 81, passed away on December 7, 2015 in Walnut Creek, CA, after a long illness. Born in 1934 in Brooklyn, NY, Hyron soon made his way to California, where he later obtained his degree in Astronomy and Ph. D at UC Berkeley, accomplishments that bookmarked his time in the U.S. Army. He joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he …

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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.

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TAGS: discoveries, Jason Wang, James Graham, GPI, Robert De Rosa

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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 …

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, Andrew Siemion, Breakthrough, Prize

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Dr. Gibor Basri's 2015 Commencement Address

"Congratulations Wizards! You have completed your prescribed courses in Wizardry in the House of the Golden Bear. These have included learning enough of the secret language of Wizards – mathematics – to comprehend the Four Basic Spirits (or Forces) of the Universe. Their names are, of course (1) Electromagnetism who rules chemistry and pulls back the curtain on everything …

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