For more than a century, generations of astronomers like Prof. Canalizo have travelled to the hills above San Jose, California and searched the stars from the UC-owned Lick Observatory. Her own research on black holes requires the use of highly advanced telescopes like those housed at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii (also co-managed by UC). Such sensitive instruments enable her to measure infrared data that pinpoint the location of black holes and assess their effects on nearby stars, gas and dust.

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