Tickets for the popular Summer Series at UC’s Lick Observatory will go on sale Friday, April 8, for Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) members and Friday, April 15, for the general public at ucsctickets.com. The 2016 program will feature more live music, evening astronomy lectures from world-renowned astronomers, and opportunities for the public to view celestial objects through two historic telescopes.
Internet investor Yuri Milner yesterday announced the Breakthrough Listen project with Stephen Hawking, Martin Rees, Frank Drake, Ann Druyan and Geoff Marcy at The Royal Society in London, a $100 million Breakthrough Prize Initiative to dramatically reinvigorate the search for intelligent life in the universe over the next ten years. This is the biggest scientific search yet for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth.
Astronomers have 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 as a result of the gravitational pull of the planets orbiting around it. All three planets orbit the star at a distance closer than Mercury orbits the Sun, completing their orbits in just 5, 15, and 24 days.