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Two Decades of Discoveries

Marcus Woo
This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of inaugural observations of the 10-meter telescope at W. M. Keck Observatory.

Bursts of Star Formation in the Early Universe

Marcus Woo
Galaxies have been experiencing vigorous bursts of star formation from much earlier in cosmic history than previously thought, according to new observations by a Caltech-led team.

Astronomers Observe Planets Around Another Star Like Never Before

Marcus Woo
Thanks to a new high-tech gadget, astronomers have observed four planets orbiting a star relatively close to the sun in unprecedented detail, revealing the roughly ten-Jupiter-mass planets to be among the most exotic ones known.

A Window Into Europa's Ocean Lies Right at the Surface

Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech and JPL researchers have found the strongest evidence yet that water from the vast liquid ocean beneath the frozen exterior of Jupiter's icy moon Europa actually makes its way to the surface.

Patterson Named Sloan Research Fellow

Brian Bell
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Planetary Astronomer Wins Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Marcus Woo
John A. Johnson, assistant professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has been awarded the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Creating New Quantum Building Blocks

Kimm Fesenmaier
Laying the groundwork for an on-chip optical quantum network, a team of Caltech researchers has shown that defects in diamond can be used as quantum building blocks that interact with one another via photons, the basic units of light.

Viewing the Cosmos from the South Pole: An Interview with Jamie Bock

Marcus Woo
Scientists like Jamie Bock are trying to understand what exactly triggered cosmic inflation.

Caltech Senior Wins Churchill Scholarship

Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech senior Andrew Meng has been selected to receive a Churchill Scholarship, which will fund his graduate studies at the University of Cambridge for the next academic year. Meng, a chemistry and physics major, was one of only 14 students nationwide who were chosen to receive the fellowship this year.

Johnson Wins Astronomy Prize

Brian Bell
John A. Johnson, assistant professor of planetary astronomy at Caltech, received the 2012 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), in Long Beach, California.