A team of astronomers led by UC Santa Barbara Professor Crystal Martin and graduate student Stephanie Ho released a paper investigating how these halos interact with the rest of their galaxies. As quasar light travels through these galactic halos, the dust and gas absorb specific wavelengths of light based on..Read More
Measurements from high-precision instruments, including Keck’s HIRES and Lick’s Automated Planet Finder, reveal a cold super-Earth around Barnard’s star.
Keck Observatory, Hawaii Research for the Keck Observatory was led by Jerry Nelson and Terry Mast to develop segmented primary mirror designs for Keck I and Keck II.
Lick Observatory, CA Lick developed the first digital detector, which revolutionized astronomy by replacing photographic plates.
Lick Observatory, CA Lick achieved the first laser bounce off the Moon in 1969, measuring the distance precisely for the first time.
Lick Observatory, CA Commissioned in 1959, this telescope was named in honor of C. Donald Shane, Lick Observatory Director during its design and construction. For many years it was the second-largest reflector in the world.
Lick Observatory, CA In the 1950’s Lick astronomer George Herbig identified stars in the process of being born and pioneered their study.
Lick Observatory, CA The Carnegie Double Astrograph at Lick Observatory was completed, and a huge survey of the Northern Hemisphere sky was undertaken.
Lick Observatory, CA In the 1930’s Robert Trumpler discovered the existence of dust grains in interstellar space between the stars, which we later know is the stuff from which rocky planets form.
Lick Observatory, CA The Lick eclipse expedition to Australia in 1922 was the first scientific measurement to convincingly verify Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.
Early 1900’s Lick Observatory, CA Astronomical photography was perfected on Lick’s Crossley telescope, which, starting in the early 1900s, was the first to reveal the innumerable galaxies in the cosmos far beyond our Milky Way.
Lick Observatory, CA The Crossley 36-inch reflecting telescope was completed. Amateur astronomer Andrew A. Common built the Crossley Reflector in Great Britain in 1879, and the Crossley was one of the first large reflectors ever built.
Lick Observatory as viewed from Kepler peak on Aug 27. You can see here how close the fire came. The large dome to the right houses the Shane 3-m telescope. Visible are also the Astrograph dome, the APF dome, the 36″ refractor and the Crossley domes. The fire started to..Read More
A small team led by Ryan Foley, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, was the first to find the source of the gravitational waves, located in a galaxy 130 million light-years away called NGC 4993. Foley’s team captured the first images of the event with..Read More
UC Santa Cruz receives $350,000 in combined grant and donor funds to enable upgrade of the Kast Spectrograph, a crucial instrument for UC astronomers “With this award, we will be bringing the Kast up to the standards of the best observatories in the world,” said Brad Holden, a research astronomer..Read More
Sandy Faber, a University Professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC and the interim director of UC Observatories, was honored along with 11 other recipients of the National Medal of Science and 11 recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The 2011 National Medal of Science Laureates and..Read More
Saul Perlmutter, 52, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a faculty senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), led the Supernova Cosmology Project that, in 1998, discovered that galaxies are receding from one another faster now than they were billions of years ago.
“Our findings offer a very compelling case for a potentially habitable planet,” said Steven Vogt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. “The fact that we were able to detect this planet so quickly and so nearby tells us that planets like this must be really common.”
Lick Observatory will honor Kenneth and Gloria Levy as the first recipients of the James Lick Award in recognition of their generous support for the observatory’s newest telescope, the Automated Planet Finder (APF). The APF telescope will be devoted entirely to the search for planets orbiting nearby stars, with the..Read More
A team of astronomers from UCSC and the University of Florida discovered the onset of a huge flow of gas from a quasar, the super-bright core of an extremely remote young galaxy. The gas was expelled from the quasar and its enormous black hole sometime in the space of four..Read More
The Milky Way’s black hole is undoubtedly the strangest thing in our galaxy—a three-dimensional cavity in space ten times the physical size of our sun and four million times the mass, a virtual bottomless pit from which nothing escapes. Every major galaxy, it’s now believed, has a black hole at..Read More
Two planets in orbit around a mature sun-like star recently suffered a violent collision, astronomers report. “It’s as if Earth and Venus collided with each other,” said Benjamin Zuckerman, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy and a co-author on the paper. “Astronomers have never seen anything like this before. Apparently,..Read More
“This is a tremendous investment by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in a path-breaking scientific tool with great potential for unlocking new insights about the nature of the universe,” said UC President Robert C. Dynes. “UC and Caltech are pleased that the Foundation has recognized the tremendous research capacity..Read More
“Professor Bolte is an ideal choice for this important position,” said Acting Chancellor Blumenthal. “With his proven administrative expertise, as well as his notable accomplishments both in observational astronomy and in the development of astronomical instrumentation, Mike will provide critical leadership for astronomers at UC Santa Cruz and throughout the..Read More
“Adaptive optics is one of the most exciting developments in ground-based astronomy in the last decade. It is crucial to very important science being planned for existing large telescopes and absolutely essential to the next generation of giant telescopes,” said Joseph Miller, director of UC Observatories/Lick Observatory (UCO/Lick), which oversees..Read More
A team of astronomers has announced the discovery of some of the smallest planets yet detected beyond our solar system. The two newly discovered planets represent a new class of extrasolar planets, and their discovery is a significant advance in the quest for such objects.
What a great role model UCO astronomer, Andrea Ghez is, for all those young girls out there into science! Dec 9, she received her NobelPrize in Physics for her BLACK HOLE DISCOVERY. Congrats to Andrea, and her entire team. Pic credit: Annette Buhl
Lick Observatory, CA The Great Refractor was the world’s largest telescope when it was completed in 1888. It predated electricity, and its 14-ton rising floor was a miracle of ingenuity that relied only on water and wind-power.
Lick Observatory, CA Starting in the late-1980s, detailed measurements of the properties of exploding stars (supernovae) by UC astronomer Alex Filippenko were crucial to the development of methods to calibrate them. This contributed substantially to the 1998 discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe, probably driven by mysterious “dark..Read More
Lick Observatory, CA UC astronomers, including Steve Vogt, perfected the precision radial-velocity technique for finding extra-solar planets around other stars using the Shane telescope. With data from Lick and Keck observatories, they found hundreds of extra-solar planets, leading to the discovery that our Galaxy is teeming with extra-solar systems.
Lick Observatory, CA Lick developed the first laser guide-star for adaptive optics. Adaptive optics (AO) removes the blurring by the Earth’s atmosphere from astronomical images and permits ground-based telescopes to see as sharply as though in space.
Keck Observatory, Hawaii The Keck I telescope with a 10-meter diameter primary mirror, the largest in history, is completed based on the Nelson/Mast designs.
Keck Observatory, Hawaii The Keck II telescope on Mauna Kea is completed based on UCO astronomer Jerry Nelson’s designs.
Thirty Meter Telescope, Hawaii The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project is initiated based on scaled up Keck telescope design with Jerry Nelson as Project Scientist. (January 15, 1944 – June 10, 2017)
Lick Observatory, CA Newest telescope goes online, the Automated Planet Finder (APF), began operating robotically night after night on Mt. Hamilton in January 2014, searching nearby stars for Earth-sized planets. Its technical performance has been outstanding, making it not only the first robotic planet-finding facility but also one of the..Read More
Lick Observatory, CA Astronomers discovered a planetary system orbiting a star only 54 light-years away with the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Observatory and ground-based telescopes in Hawaii and Arizona. The team discovered the planets by detecting a wobble of the star HD 7924. Learn More