NOAO Currents

May 2019  •  Issue 59

 

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

NOAO Community Survey for Astro2020: As part of our preparation for the Astro2020 Decadal Survey, NOAO invites you to participate in our online community survey. The survey aims to understand your ground-based OIR resource needs and priorities for the coming decade, in areas such as

  • Observing time and observing modes
  • Archival data and data products
  • Time domain services (e.g., alert brokers, follow up observing systems)
  • Data discovery and analysis services (e.g., archives, science platforms)
  • Other software-related services
  • Specialized observing programs carried out on our facilities with external funding
  • New instrumentation or facilities
  • Student and mentor training

The closing date for the survey is Friday, 17 May 2019. This article links to the survey website. Read more…

Kitt Peak Panorama

Kitt Peak 4m Back in Action: After a 14-month hiatus, the Mayall telescope is back on sky as it prepares for the installation of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). Equipped with a new top end and corrector, the Mayall recently achieved first light with the DESI commissioning camera. On-sky commissioning of DESI itself will begin in September 2019. Read more…

TripleSpec SV Underway at SOAR: Science verification with the TripleSpec infrared spectrograph began in April, and another science verification run is scheduled for mid-June. Proposals for the June run are being accepted, with a deadline of Friday, 7 June 2019. Read more…

US ELT Program

Astro2020 Science White Papers and the US ELT Program: NOAO is compiling a collection of Astro2020 white papers that describe science for which ELTs will be particularly important. This article requests your help identifying “ELT-relevant” white papers that are not yet on our list and summarizes other recent developments in the US ELT Program. Read more…

Extremely Big Eyes on the Early Universe

Meeting Announcement — “Extremely Big Eyes on the Early Universe”: Registration is open for the last of a three-part international conference series that will review the current state of the art in studying the high redshift universe and discuss how to best use giant telescopes to go beyond. The 9-13 September 2019 event, to be held in Rome, Italy, at the Accademia dei Lincei has a registration deadline of 15 June 2019. Read more…

The Cosmic Baryon Cycle: Impact on Galaxy Evolution

Meeting Announcement: The seventh annual GMT Community Science Meeting, on the topic of “The Cosmic Baryon Cycle: Impact on Galaxy Evolution” will be held 19-21 September 2019 in Carlsbad, CA. The deadlines are 24 May 2019 for contributed talks and 29 July 2019 to register. Read more…


NOAO in the News

Cosmic Fireworks in the Clouds: Volunteer Detectives Sought for Magellanic Clouds Cluster Search
Caught in a cosmic dance, our nearest neighbor galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds, are cartwheeling and circling each other as they fall toward our galaxy, the Milky Way. The gravitational interaction between the Clouds sparks cosmic fireworks—bursts of star formation as new clusters of stars flame on. How many and what kind of star clusters have been born this way over the history of the Clouds? A new project, the Local Group Cluster Search, invites citizen scientists to help find out!

Read more in NOAO Press Release 19-05.

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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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