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UC Astronomy in the News

Robert P. Kraft, Astronomer and Former Director of UC Observatories, Dies at Age 87

Astronomers Baffled by Discovery of Rare Quasar Quartet

Scientists Discover the Fluffiest Galaxies

UC Astronomers Set a New Distance Record for Galaxies

Astronomers Discover the Dark Matter Conspiracy

Astronomers Discover Three Super-Earths Orbiting Nearby Star

Evening Concerts and Rare Telescope Viewings Draw Visitors to UC’s Lick Observatory

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Expands at Lick Observatory

Google gives Lick Observatory $1 Million

UC Santa Cruz Astronomer Claire Max Recognized for Astronomical Instrumentation

Astronomers' Cosmic Web Discovery Among Top Breakthroughs of 2014

Lick Observatory Plans Major Upgrade for Shane Telescope

India Joins the Thirty Meter Telescope Project as a Full Member

UCSC Astronomers publish findings that deepen the mystery of how globular clusters form

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Aerial view of Mt. Hamilton by Laurie Hatch

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Featured Stories

Update from Interim Director Claire Max on Thirty Meter Telescope protests. [Official Statement]

Hear Debra Fischer, professor at Yale, talk about exoplanet research and her support of Lick Observatory. Fischer is one of the world’s leading experts on extrasolar planets. [Astronomy Magazine]

How Claire Max Has Transformed the Capabilities of Current and Future Telescopes. Great profile piece about UC Astronomer Claire Max in Nature Magazine on her passion for astronomy, her revolutionary work in adaptive optics, and the leading role of UC astronomy in developing laser guide stars. [Nature Magazine Article]

Nearby Star First Known to Host Several super-Earths in Habitable Zone: Reanalysis of data from Keck and other observatories combined with data from ESO's HARPS has led to the discovery of the first extrasolar planetary system with potentially habitable super-earths. [Press release]  [Read paper]  [Images & Movies]

Lick Observatory and the Science Behind Star Trek: The History Channel interviews UC Berkeley professors Alex Filippenko and Geoff Marcy and features footage of Lick Observatory. Tune in for this exploration of the science of space travel, extrasolar planets, and warp drive. [View Star Trek Secrets of the Universe]

Lick and Keck Observatories Cited on Smithsonian's List of World's Greatest Science Labs [See List and Commentary]

Take a Visual Tour: Picture Book of UCO Facilities