Steven S. Vogt

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Steven Scott Vogt
Born December 20, 1949
Rock Island, Illinois
Nationality  United States
Alma mater
Doctoral students
Known for

Steven Scott Vogt is an American astronomer [3] of German descent whose main interest is the search for extrasolar planets.

He is credited, along with R. Paul Butler, for discovering Gliese 581 g, the first potentially habitable planet outside of our own solar system.[4][5][6][7]

He is a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz,[8] and is known worldwide for designing and building HIRES, a high-resolution optical spectrometer mounted permanently on the W. M. Keck Observatory 10-meter telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.[9] HIRES is an instrument critical to observations and discoveries about the planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe.[10][11] Vogt also built the Hamilton spectrometer at Lick Observatory (with which most of the first extrasolar planets were discovered).[12] In 1987,[13] earlier in his career, Dr. Vogt invented the technique of "Doppler imaging" for mapping the surface features of stars.[14][15][16]

Dr. Vogt is currently a member of the California-Carnegie Planet Search Team.[12] This team is building a new telescope in the Lick Observatory, the Automated Planet Finder, expected to be the most powerful in the world for detecting extrasolar planets. It will be able to track planets moving at velocities as little as 1 meter per second (the speed of a walking man).[12] Vogt and his team are credited with detecting a majority of the 100 planets now known.[11]

Dr. Vogt received his bachelor's degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972, his Master of Science degree in Astronomy from UT Austin in 1976, and Ph.D in Astronomy from UT Austin in 1978.[17]

He's been a member of the University of California Observatories (UCO) at Lick Observatory since 1978.[8]

Planets discovered[edit]


  • 2002
    • Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize, for Vogt, Geoffrey Marcy, and Paul Butler on their Pioneering work in characterizing planetary systems orbiting distant stars. [22]
    • Carl Sagan Memorial Award [21] - The award for an individual who has demonstrated leadership in research or policies advancing exploration of the Cosmos.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Tim Stephens (September 4, 2007). "Major gift supports crucial piece of Automated Planet Finder". University of California, Santa Cruz. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Kaufman, Marc (September 30, 2010). "Astronomers find first habitable planet outside solar system". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ "NASA - Planets". World Book at NASA. NASA. Retrieved October 4, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Vogt, Steven S.; Butler, R. Paul; Rivera, Eugenio J.; Haghighipour, Nader; Henry, Gregory W.; Williamson, Michael H. (September 29, 2010). "The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey: A 3.1 M Planet in the Habitable Zone of the Nearby M3V Star Gliese 581". arXiv:1009.5733.
  5. ^ Michael D. Lemonick (September 29, 2010). "Found: An Earthlike Planet, at Last". Time. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ Dennis Overbye (September 29, 2010). "New Planet May Be Able to Nurture Organisms". The New York Times. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (September 30, 2010). "Could 'Goldilocks' Planet Be Just Right For Life?". National Public Radio. Retrieved October 5, 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Steven S. Vogt - Professor, Astronomy & Astrophysics". University of California Santa Cruz. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  9. ^ Dr. Steven S. Vogt. "HIRES: High Resolution Echelle Spectrograph". UCO/Lick Observatory. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ Dr. Steven S. Vogt. "The Keck I Telescope High Resolution Spectrometer". UCO/Lick Observatory. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Outstanding Alumnus Award". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c "Staff & Advisory Boards". Science Buddies. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "News from McDonald Observatory and the Department of Astronomy". Astronomy Program · University of Texas at Austin. June 29, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  14. ^ Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  15. ^ High-order nonradial oscillations on rapidly rotating early-type stars. Bibcode:1983PASP...95..599P. 
  16. ^ Doppler images of rotating stars using maximum entropy image reconstruction. Bibcode:1987ApJ...321..496V. doi:10.1086/165647. 
  17. ^ Dr. Steven S. Vogt. "Dr. Steven S. Vogt". UCO/Lick Observatory. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Astronomers Discover Record Fifth Planet Around Nearby Star 55 Cancri". Science News. Science Daily. November 6, 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  19. ^ "Bergmann Memorial - List of Past Awards". Prof. Bergman Award. United States – Israel Binational Science Foundation. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Past Winners of the Maria & Eric Muhlmann Award". Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  21. ^ a b "Honors and Awards". University of California, Santa Cruz Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  22. ^ "MR. CARNEGIE'S IDEA". Carnegie Institution for Science. Retrieved October 4, 2010. [dead link]

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