Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune

August 3, 2017

This massive storm system, which was found in a region where no bright cloud has ever been seen before, is about 9,000 kilometers in length, or one-third the size of Neptune’s radius, spanning at least 30 degrees in both latitude and longitude. Molter observed it getting much brighter between June 26 and July 2.

Megamovie app makes photographing total eclipse a snap

August 8, 2017

The Eclipse Megamovie project has released an app that makes it easy for citizen scientists with smart phones to photograph the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and upload the images to the project, a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley, and Google to provide a lasting photo archive for scientists studying the sun’s corona.

Is there a giant planet lurking beyond Pluto?

August 2, 2017

IEEE Spectrum profiles the work of Berkeley alum Mike Brown as well as researchers at UC Berkeley.

Gemini telescope aids Juno mission’s exploration of Jupiter

July 5, 2017

As NASA’s Juno spacecraft loops around Jupiter, the Earth-bound Gemini North telescope is providing high-resolution images to help guide its exploration of the giant planet.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Share Solutions for a Sustainable Future

May 31, 2017

Making fuel from sunlight, increasing the resiliency of urban waterfronts, and developing low-cost batteries for energy storage are among the many efforts by Berkeley researchers aimed at creating solutions for energy efficiency, sustainability, and the environment.

Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’

June 19, 2017

A decades-old method called the “bootstrap” is enabling new discoveries about the geometry underlying all quantum theories.

Seismologists examine how seasonal rain and snow trigger small quakes on California faults

June 15, 2017

California’s winter rains and snow depress the Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, which then rebound during the summer, changing the stress on the state’s earthquake faults and causing seasonal upticks in small quakes, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley seismologists.

Astronomers uncover new evidence that all stars are born in pairs

June 14, 2017

Did our sun have a twin when it was born 4.5 billion years ago?

Almost certainly yes — though not an identical twin. And so did every other sunlike star in the universe, according to a new analysis by a theoretical physicist from UC Berkeley and a radio astronomer from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Here’s what you’ll see on Aug. 21

June 13, 2017

Are you wondering what the total solar eclipse in late summer will look like from your patio? Or where to travel to get the best view of the eclipse?

A unique simulator produced by the Eclipse Megamovie Project – a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley and Google – has just what you need.