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The Origins of Elusive Ultradiffuse Galaxies

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 […]

































PEAS is on its way to begin testing at Lick Observatory

The Planet as Exoplanet Analog Spectrograph (PEAS), is led by Emily Martin, a UCSC Postdoctoral Fellows 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 Awarded 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for Supermassive Black Hole Discovery

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.”













Universe’s ‘missing matter’ finally found in the space between galaxies

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Innovative Telescopes Set to Detect New Phenomena, Signals from Deep Space

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 […]