NOAO Currents

April 2018  •  Issue 52

 

Currents

Currents is a sparkplug for communication between NOAO and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on NOAO observing opportunities and NOAO programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with the NOAO Newsletter.

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Join us at the upcoming AAS Meeting, 3-7 June 2018 in Denver, CO for these NOAO-related events:

  • Data Lab Demos
    NOAO Booth, Plaza Exhibit/Foyer Read more…
  • Data-Oriented Astrophysics at NOAO: The Science Archive & The Data Lab
    (Stephanie Juneau) in Session 214: Astrophysics Archives in the 2020s
    Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 2:50 – 4:20 pm, Governor’s Square 16
  • Local Middle and High School Education and Public Outreach Event – Hands on Activities with NOAO EPO at the NOAO Booth
    Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Plaza Exhibit/Foyer
  • Session 301: Decadal Survey Preparations: State of the Profession
    Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 10:40 – 12:10 pm, Governor’s Square 10 Read more…
  • NSF Town Hall
    Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 1:40 – 2:40 pm, Plaza Ballroom BE

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In this Issue…

Open Sky, Open Data, NOAO Data Lab

Data Lab 2.0 Release at AAS Meeting: Version 2.0 of the NOAO Data Lab’s Science Platform will feature new datasets, including Legacy Survey DR6 and the 30 billion single-epoch measurements from the NOAO Source Catalog, as well as cross-matched tables between Gaia DR2 and all of our highest value catalogs, new web tools to access image cutouts and our virtual storage system, and more! Stop by the NOAO booth for a demo of some of the science opportunities offered by Data Lab 2.0. Read more…

US Extremely Large Telescope (US-ELT) Program

NOAO Teams Up with Two Extremely Large Telescope Projects to Enhance US Leadership in Astronomy and Astrophysics: In concurrence with the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory and the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, NOAO announces the joint development of a US Extremely Large Telescope Program. The program will advocate for frontier research programs led by US community scientists that can achieve exceptional advancements in our understanding of the cosmos. Read more…


NOAO Community Needs for Science in the 2020s

2020 Decadal Survey Planning — Presentations from “NOAO Community Needs for Science in the 2020s” available online: The NOAO community gathered in February 2018 to share their visions of science in the coming decade and the resources needed to accomplish that science. The science forecast is bright, with new discoveries and advances anticipated in our understanding of stars, exoplanets, Galactic structure and evolution, cosmology, the time domain Universe, and more! Resource needs are diverse and include, e.g., telescopes of modest aperture to large, creative use of existing facilities, mid-scale instrumentation, flexible observing options, archival data, data analysis methods, as well as new infrastructure. Read more…

SOAR Telescope at Sunset

News from SOAR — Goodman Spectrograph Data Reduction Pipeline and Flexible Observing Modes Available: The first release of the data reduction pipeline for the Goodman spectrograph on SOAR is now available. Read more…

SOAR also supports target of opportunity observations as well as a limited amount of service observing and encourages proposers to explore these options. Read more…

Registration Open — “Science and Evolution of Gemini Observatory”: Join us in San Francisco 22-26 July 2018 to review recent science highlights, identify needs in the context of Gemini’s evolving capabilities, and develop strategies for the future of the Observatory. Registration is now open. Read more…

Registration Open — 2018 GMT Community Science Meeting: “Stars: Birth and Death”: The Sixth Annual GMT Community Science Meeting, to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii on 13-15 September 2018, brings together experts in the fields of star formation and stellar disruptions, eruptions and explosions. The meeting will focus on key open questions that can be solved in the upcoming era of extremely large telescopes. The registration deadline is 6 August 2018. Read more…

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Currents is a sparkplug for communication between NOAO and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on NOAO observing opportunities and NOAO programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with the NOAO Newsletter.

NOAO is the national center for ground-based nighttime astronomy in the United States and is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

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