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UC Astronomy in the News

Astronomers Create First 3-D Map of the 'Adolescent' Universe

Astronomer Claire Max Appointed Interim Director of UC Observatories

Renowned Astronomer Harland Epps to be Honored at ‘Harfest’ Conference Sept. 23-24

Next-Generation Thirty Meter Telescope Begins Construction in Hawaii

Astronomers detect two planets orbiting nearby ancient star

Lick's Automated Planet Finder: First robotic telescope for planet hunters

When a black hole shreds a star, a bright flare tells the story

Distant quasar illuminates a filament of the cosmic web

UCSC astronomers discover ultra-bright young galaxies

World's most powerful exoplanet camera looks skyward

Novel instrument probes close binary stars, may soon image exoplanets

Astrophysicists launch ambitious assessment of galaxy formation simulations

Scientists close in on finding most far-out galaxies

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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]

San Jose Mercury Features Lick Observatory on Front Page: Staff journalist takes a tour in honor of Lick's 125th year of pioneering explorations of the night sky. [Read article]  [Take Photo Tour]

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]