NOAO Currents

August 2019  •  Issue 60

 

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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Astro 2020

Astro2020 White Papers Posted: NOAO-related white papers submitted in response to the 2020 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) call for “Activities, Projects, and State of the Profession Considerations” (APC) white papers are now posted. These include white papers submitted by NOAO scientific staff as well as those from the community on NOAO-related topics. If your submission is missing, please inform us by writing to currents@noao.edu so we can include your white paper in the compilation.


AAS Meeting 235, Honolulu Hawaii, January 4-8, 2020

Special Sessions at January AAS: The January meeting of the AAS will include NOAO-related special sessions on

  • DESI Imaging and First Light Spectroscopy
  • Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) Community Survey
  • Imaging Stars: a Century of Advances in High Angular Resolution Astronomy
  • Threats to Astronomy from Lighting and Satellites
  • Planets, Exoplanets, and Planet Formation with Gemini Large and Long Programs
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News form SOAR

First Night of AEON Queue on SOAR a Success: The Astronomical Event Observatory network (AEON), a collaboration between Las Cumbres Observatory, NOAO, SOAR and Gemini, is aimed at building an automated ecosystem of follow-up facilities for time-domain astronomy in preparation for the LSST era. The first night of queue operations, carried out this month on the SOAR telescope, was a resounding success. Read more…

AEON-related Conferences: Two upcoming conferences provide opportunities to learn more about AEON and how it can support your observing program: Hot-wiring the Transient Universe VI (Evanston, 19-22 Aug 2019) and the TOM Toolkit Workshop (Pasadena, 30 Sept – 4 Oct 2019). Materials from both workshops are expected to be available online. Read more…

TripleSpec Returns with Science Verification on SOAR: The infrared spectrometer TripleSpec 4.1, previously at the CTIO Blanco telescope, has now been successfully modified and installed on the SOAR telescope. With the instrument now fully commissioned as a facility instrument, prospective observers are encouraged to submit TripleSpec proposals for the 2020A semester. Read more…

Legacy DR8

Data Release 8 for Legacy Surveys: The eighth data release (DR8) of the DESI imaging Legacy Surveys, now publicly available, contains approximately 1.6 billion unique sources and includes source catalogs, images, and an interactive image viewer covering a third of the sky in three optical (g,r,z) and four mid-infrared (from WISE) bands. The data, which encompass the entire footprint of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) survey, will be used to select DESI targets. The release also includes an image gallery of high-redshift galaxy clusters. Read more…

US ELT Program

US ELT Program News: The US Extremely Large Telescope Program (US-ELTP) welcomes Dr. Sidney Wolff as Project Director for the AURA/NOAO US-ELTP team. This article also highlights US-ELTP-related submissions in response to the Astro2020 call for APC white papers. Read more…

TMT Science Forum

2019 TMT Science Forum: Registration is now open for the 2019 Thirty Meter (TMT) Science Forum, “Science Synergies in the Era of the Thirty Meter Telescope,” which will be held in Xiamen, China 4-6 November 2019. Travel support will be available for US scientists. Read more…

NN-Explore

NEID Queue Observers Onboard at WIYN: Two young astronomers, Eli Golub and Jessica Klusmeyer, have joined the WIYN team as queue observers for NEID, the extreme precision radial velocity spectrometer. Jessica and Eli both have physics and astronomy degrees as well as experience with astronomical observing. Shared risk observations with NEID are scheduled to begin in December 2019. 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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