FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, August 12, 2022 University of California Office of the President University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., has appointed Dr. Bruce Macintosh director of UC Observatories (UCO), an astronomical research unit serving nine UC campuses, headquartered at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Macintosh will begin his five-year term Sept. 1, 2022. […]
The ultimate fate of a star shredded by a black hole
We caught up with Judah Van Zandt UCLA grad student to ask him about his research on the Distant Giants survey and a sub-stellar companion to a nearby sun-like star. Question: From studying the architecture of other solar systems have you learned anything about how common or rare our solar system’s architecture is? Judah: After […]
Following the recent news story around the origins of elusive ultradiffuse galaxies we spoke with UCO affiliate astronomer Laura Sales, Associate Professor at UC Riverside and co-leader on this project about what direction this research will take next. Q: Can you give us the big picture – what is your research into ultradiffuse galaxies trying […]
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Max said she has enjoyed leading UCO for the past seven years. “It’s been tremendous fun to see all the good things UCO is doing and to try to make it stronger,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed working with the UCO team and reaching out to the other campuses to get them more involved.”
“We are very proud of the heritage of planet hunting which grew up around Lick Observatory and the Hamilton Spectrograph on the Shane telescope,” said Matthew Shetrone, deputy director of UC Observatories (UCO).
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Given we don’t fully understand the chemical make-up of Europa’s ice cover yet, just what these processes would look like isn’t clear, and neither the Keck Observatory in Hawaii nor the Hubble Space Telescope have recorded this hypothetical glow occurring before now.
The Planet as Exoplanet Analog Spectrograph (PEAS), is led by Emily Martin, a UCSC Postdoctoral Fellow as well as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Martin developed the novel instrument, which takes the light from a planet such as Jupiter and effectively turns it into a point source for spectroscopic analysis. This method will help […]
Andrea Ghez (Caltech MS ’89, PhD ’92), the Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics at UCLA, has won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for pioneering research that helped reveal a supermassive black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. She shares half the Nobel Prize with Reinhard Genzel of UC Berkeley and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. Together, Ghez and Genzel are being honored “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.”
New telescope to look for laser pulses from life around other planets
Two, first-of-a-kind telescopes poised to collectively image the entire observable sky in the current search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) are now installed in the Astrograph Dome at Lick Observatory. These novel devices, part of a planned collection of large lenses, could help researchers on project Panoramic SETI (PANOSETI) discover new astronomical phenomena or signals from […]
In Search of Dark Matter
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Amateur astronomer captures rare first light from massive exploding star
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Universe expanding faster than expected
Tracing Star Formation Rates in Distant Galaxies