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New Public Stargazing and Lecture Series

Kimm Fesenmaier
The events are free and designed to engage the public in astronomy and to give everyone an opportunity to view the night sky through a telescope.

Considering the Future

On February 26, some of the nation's leading scientists and researchers—including five Nobel laureates and members of all three National Academies—will gather at Caltech to discuss some of the most perplexing questions facing humanity.

Hunting for Ephemeral Cosmic Flashes: A Conversation with Mansi Kasliwal

Kimm Fesenmaier
The new assistant professor of astronomy discusses her passion for discovering and studying cosmic transients as well as her efforts to follow up on LIGO's detections of gravitational waves.

LIGO's Beginnings

Douglas Smith
Built to look for gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space itself that were predicted by Einstein in 1915, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is the most ambitious project ever funded by the National Science Foundation. We talk to two Caltech researchers to learn about how LIGO came to be.

Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein’s Prediction

Kathy Svitil
LIGO opens a new window on the universe with the observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.

Chasing Extrasolar Space Weather

Lori Dajose
Professor Gregg Hallinan gives a preview of his upcoming Watson Lecture.

Bock Receives Award for Astronomical Instrumentation

Lori Dajose
Jamie Bock has received the Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation.

Contemplating a Quantum Future

Kimm Fesenmaier
The Institute for Quantum Information and Matter hosted an all-day Quantum Summit on January 27, bringing together scientists and engineers to discuss progress in the quantum realm.

Novel Calibration Tool Will Help Astronomers Look for Habitable Exoplanets

Adam Hadhazy
Caltech, JPL, and NIST researchers have developed a simple, cost-effective laser frequency comb, potentially simplifying measurements of the telltale "wobbles" from stars that reveal the presence and properties of planets around other stars.

JPL News: Uranus as seen by NASA's Voyager 2

Humanity has visited Uranus only once, and that was 30 years ago when NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft got its closest look at the planet.