National search confirms local-born executive to lead the Observatory   Maunakea, Hawaiʻi – The W. M. Keck Observatory today announced the appointment of Rich Matsuda as its next director, effective January 1, 2024.  The W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawai’i operates the two most powerful optical telescopes on the Earth. They were jointly constructed by University […]

Exciting news: A major new site expansion at Lick Observatory is on the horizon

PANOSETI, or “Panoramic SETI or Pulse All-sky Near Infrared Optical SETI ” is an exciting and innovative project in the field of astronomy and the search for extraterrestrial life. It combines several cutting-edge technologies and scientific objectives to advance our understanding of the cosmos and the potential for alien life. Lick Observatory’s positioning in the […]

New Keck Observatory Instrument Sets Its Sights on Turtle Nebula

We look forward to the exciting discoveries that we and the observing community will make with this new instrument. And we are grateful to the engineering teams at Caltech, UCO/Lick Observatory, and Keck Observatory for making this instrument a reality. – Mateusz Matuszewski, a senior instrument scientist at Caltech

Astrophysicist Bruce Macintosh appointed director of UC Observatories

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. […]

First results from the Distant Giants survey

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 […]

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 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 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.”

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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 […]