NOAO Currents

September 2017  •  Issue 48

 

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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2020 Decadal Survey Community Input Invited, Deadline Approaches: NOAO welcomes your input into our planning for the coming decade. Please visit our Decadal Survey Planning website to upload your white paper or to contribute a science-based comment on areas in which NOAO can provide critical resources and/or areas that will strengthen the US ground-based OIR system in the coming decade. A “Dear Colleague” letter describes the request and our planning process. The deadline for initial input and comments is 30 September 2017. A follow-on community workshop will be held 20-21 February 2018 in Tucson, AZ. Read more…

TMT Science Forum: This year’s gathering of the international Thirty Meter Telescope community, “TMT: Beyond First Light,” will be held in Mysore, India 7-9 November 2017. The registration deadline is 18 September 2017. Limited travel support is available for US astronomers. To be considered for support, write to tmt@noao.edu. Read more…

NOAO in the News:

House-Sized Near Earth Objects Rarer Than We Thought: A study with Dark Energy Camera at CTIO finds surprisingly few Near Earth Objects in the size range of the meteoroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk in 2013. The result lends new insight into the nature and origin of small meteors.

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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.

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