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For the Good of Science

Nearly a dozen of the country's leading scholars in physics and astronomy visited the Heising-Simons Foundation to discuss academic and career pathways for women in these fields, and what could be done to help.  View the slideshow by clicking here

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Peering Back in Galactic Time

The astonishing beauty of galaxies visible from Earth has enchanted humanity ever since our ancestors first gazed into the twinkling night and wondrously beheld them. Some galaxies look like elegant whirling spirals or cosmic frisbees, while others look like elliptical blobs or lumpy irregular clumps smeared across the sky. The variety of galactic shapes prompts questions as old as …

TAGS: Mariska Kriek, Galaxies, MOSDEF

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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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