Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Breakthrough Listen detects 15 high-energy radio bursts from distant galaxy

August 30, 2017

Breakthrough Listen, an initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe, has detected 15 brief but powerful radio pulses emanating from a mysterious and repeating source – FRB 121102 – far across the universe.

Megamovie video captures eclipse coast-to-coast

August 22, 2017

Last evening, the Eclipse Megamovie project posted a preview of the photos of the total solar eclipse submitted by a cast of some 1,500 volunteers spread out along the path of totality.

Where you can watch livestreams of the eclipse at Berkeley

August 21, 2017

Can’t chase Monday’s solar eclipse to the zone of totality on Monday? Fog blocking your view in Berkeley? UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science is offering an alternative: Live feeds of the action from spots along the path of totality.

Vern Ehlers, Berkeley physicist who went to Congress, dies at 83

August 17, 2017

Washington Post obituarary for Vern Ehlers, a nuclear physicist who became a congressman.

Young math professor receives Early Career Award from DOE

August 10, 2017

Lin Lin, an assistant professor of mathematics, has received the 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy to further his work.

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.