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Robotic telescope discovers three super-Earth planetary neighbors

Robotic telescope discovers three super-Earth planetary neighbors April 28, 2015:

Using a robotic telescope at Lick Observatory that scans the sky night after night, UC Berkeley graduate student Lauren Weiss and her colleagues at the University of Hawaii have discovered three planets – supersized Earths ‑ around a nearby star.

Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds

Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds April 22, 2015:

UC Berkeley astronomer James Graham is leading a coalition of planet-searchers in an effort to more efficiently find habitable planets around other stars, and perhaps extraterrestrial life itself. The project is one of 16 funded by NASA’s new NExSS (Nexus for Exoplanet System Science) initiative.