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Featured Stories

ABC7 Covers Research on Lick Observatory's Automated Planet Finder. [Video]

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]