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    UC Observatories
    Lick Observatory and Keck Observatory
    provide UC astronomers with world-leading equipment.
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    Thirty Meter Telescope
    TMT is scheduled
    for first light in 2024.
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    Lick Observatory
    Since 1888, Lick Observatory has been
    at the forefront of astronomical research.
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    W. M. Keck Observatory
    UCO acts a managing partner
    of the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a multi-campus research unit. We operate the Lick Observatory, the technical labs at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA, and we are a managing partner of the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. We are the center for the UC participation in the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) project.

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  • Supernova

    Amateur astronomer captures rare first light from massive exploding star

    February 21, 2018

    Thanks to lucky snapshots taken by an amateur astronomer in Argentina, scientists have obtained their first view of the initial burst of light from the explosion of a massive star. (...)  "Professional astronomers have long been searching for such an event," said UC Berkeley astronomer Alex Filippenko, who followed up the discovery with observations at the Lick and Keck observatories that proved critical to a detailed analysis of explosion, called SN 2016gkg.

    Supermassive black holes control star formation in large galaxies.

    January 1, 2018

    Astronomers find close correlation between the mass of a galaxy's central black hole and its star formation history. Young galaxies blaze with bright new stars forming at a rapid rate, but star formation eventually shuts down as a galaxy evolves.

    NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Early Science Observations Revealed

    November 13, 2017

    13 science programs for the JWST Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science Program (DD-ERS) were selected. It is anticipated that the DD-ERS observations will take place during the first 5 months of JWST science operations in 2018, following the 6-month commissioning period. UC astronomers are very well presented among the successful science teams.

    UC astronomers first to observe merging neutron stars

    October 16, 2017

    A small team of UC Santa Cruz astronomers led by UCSC Asst. Prof. Ryan Foley observed the first visible event ever linked to gravitational waves on August 17th, 2017. Foley's team captured the first images of the event, located in a galaxy 130 million light-years away called NGC 4993.