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Study finds different ways for a black hole to swallow a star

Sep 10, 2015 When a star passes too close to a dormant supermassive black hole, it gets torn apart by tidal forces.

Astronomy alumni join Chancellor Blumenthal in panel discussion Sept. 26

Sep 8, 2015 Three distinguished alumni and a current grad student join Chancellor Blumenthal to discuss astronomy, space, and discovery

Astronomer Claire Max appointed director of UC Observatories

Aug 24, 2015 UC President Janet Napolitano has appointed UC Santa Cruz astronomer Claire Max as director of UC Observatories.

Astronomers use new instrument to discover young Jupiter-like planet

Aug 13, 2015 Five UC Santa Cruz astronomers were involved in the first planet discovery by the Gemini Planet Imager.

Astrophysicist Piero Madau awarded prestigious international research chair

Aug 4, 2015 Piero Madau, distinguished professor of astronomy and astrophysics, has been appointed to an International Blaise Pascal Research Chair.

Warhol Foundation grant goes to Institute of the Arts and Sciences project

Jul 23, 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded a $30,000 grant to support an innovative artist residency and exhibition developed by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) at UC Santa Cruz and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in San Jose--in collaboration with the UC Lick Observatory.

Astronomer Douglas N.C. Lin receives prestigious Bruce Gold Medal

Jul 9, 2015 Lin will receive the 2015 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Robert P. Kraft, eminent astronomer and former director of UC Observatories, dies at age 87

May 28, 2015 Kraft was a widely recognized researcher and a gifted administrator who helped guide astronomy into the modern era.

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.

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