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Against all odds: Astronomers baffled by discovery of rare quasar quartet

May 14, 2015 Astronomers discovered four quasars, each one a rare object in its own right, in close physical proximity to each other.

Astrophysicist Piero Madau inducted into Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

May 8, 2015 Piero Madau, distinguished professor of astronomy and astrophysics, was honored for achieving marked distinction in the physical sciences.

Spreading science education, one telescope at a time

May 6, 2015 UC Santa Cruz grad student Tuguldur Sukhbold is using grant money to bring telescopes to schools in Mongolia so that science-starved kids might be exposed to the wonders of the universe.

Astronomers set a new distance record for galaxies

May 5, 2015 Astronomers have pushed back the cosmic frontier of galaxy exploration to a time when the universe was only 5 percent of its present age.

Cosmologist Robert Kirshner explores accelerating universe in public talk on May 13

Apr 29, 2015 Kirshner's talk, "The Accelerating Universe: Einstein's Blunder Undone," is free and open to the public.

UC Santa Cruz part of NASA coalition leading search for life on distant worlds

Apr 21, 2015 Astrophysicist Jonathan Fortney is one of 15 principal investigators for a new NASA initiative searching for life on planets around other stars.

Evening concerts and rare telescope viewings draw visitors to UC’s Lick Observatory

Mar 26, 2015 For 35 years the Summer Series program at UC's Lick Observatory has drawn concert fans and astronomy devotees to the summit of Mt. Hamilton.

Wandering Jupiter accounts for our unusual solar system

Mar 23, 2015 Jupiter swept clear the inner solar system, resulting in the formation of a planetary system unlike any other astronomers have yet found

Search for extraterrestrial intelligence expands at Lick Observatory

Mar 23, 2015 Astronomers are expanding the search for extraterrestrial intelligence into a new realm with detectors tuned to infrared light.

UC Santa Cruz professor aims to expand science internships for high school students

Mar 10, 2015 Astronomer Puragra GuhaThakurta will use a sabbatical at Google to expand and diversify the Science Internship Program.

Astrophysicist Ken Chen wins award for high impact scientific achievement

Mar 2, 2015 Postdoctoral researcher Ken Chen was honored in the early career category of the 2015 High Performance Computing Achievement Awards.

Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

Feb 10, 2015 Google Inc. has given $1 million to support the University of California's Lick Observatory.

UC Santa Cruz astronomer Claire Max recognized for astronomical instrumentation

Jan 16, 2015 The American Astronomical Society awarded the Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation to UC Observatories director Claire Max.

Study of Andromeda's stellar disk indicates more violent history than Milky Way

Jan 8, 2015 Disordered stellar populations suggest bombardment of our neighboring galaxy Andromeda by smaller galaxies

Astronomers' cosmic web discovery among top breakthroughs of 2014

Dec 12, 2014 Images of the 'Slug Nebula' provided the first glimpse of a filament of the cosmic web thought to connect galaxies throughout the universe.

Lick Observatory plans major upgrade for Shane Telescope

Dec 3, 2014 UC Santa Cruz received $350,000 in grant and donor funds for an upgrade of the Kast Spectrograph, a crucial instrument for UC astronomers.

Hubble observations deepen mystery of how globular clusters form

Nov 20, 2014 New findings are at odds with leading theories for the formation of globular clusters of stars in galaxies

UC confirms continued support of Lick Observatory

Nov 4, 2014 The UC Office of the President has reversed an earlier decision to pull funding from Lick Observatory by 2018.

Astrophysics meets theater in ‘Birth of Stars’

Oct 22, 2014 What does the birth and death of stars have to do with the lives of real human beings? How do we balance the joy and pain of life in a productive way? Does technology make us less than human…or something more?

Astronomers create first 3-D map of the 'adolescent' universe

Oct 16, 2014 Astronomers have created the first map of the ‘adolescent’ universe as it appeared 10.8 billion years ago.

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