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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DESI Legacy Surveys Issues 6th Data Release: A collection of three imaging surveys that is jointly mapping 14,000 square degrees of the northern sky, the Legacy Surveys have now issued their sixth data release. The release covers ~ 4000 square degrees and includes images and catalogs in optical (r-, g-, and z-) bands as well as mid-infrared photometry, all available online. Dive into survey images and explore the Universe with the survey’s Sky Viewer. Read more…


NOAO Community Needs for Science in the 2020s

Presentations Posted – NOAO Community Needs for Science in the 2020s: Our 2020 Decadal Survey community planning workshop, held in February 2018 in Tucson, was an opportunity for the NOAO community to share their visions of science in the coming decade and the resources needed to accomplish that science. Presentations from the workshop – which include high-level science overviews, reviews of current implantation plans and possibilities, and breakout sessions on needed capabilities – are now available online. Read more…


DECam 2018 meeting

Registration Open – “DECam Community Science Workshop 2018”: Current, past, and prospective users of DECam and its archival data are invited to share their science results and help identify and develop future DECam projects. Input received at the 21-22 May 2018 workshop will help NOAO optimize instrument and telescope operations. Please register by 20 April 2018. Read more…


La Serena School for Data Science: Applied Tools for Data-driven Sciences

La Serena School for Data Science – Applied Tools for Data-driven Sciences: Designed to help students meet the challenge of increasingly large and complex astronomical data, this year’s school, to be held 20-29 August 2018, will feature lectures and team-based projects that make use of real-world data and examples. The application deadline is 30 April 2018. Read more…


Call for Membership in the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer Science Team: A proposed 11.25-m wide field telescope designed for highly multiplexed spectroscopy (more than 4000 optical and near-infrared spectra per pointing), the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer invites US-based scientists to join their Science Team and participate in the next phase of science and survey development. Read more…


TMT rendering

Registration Open – “Shedding Light on the Dark Universe with Extremely Large Telescopes”: This conference, to be held at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), 2-6 July 2018, is the last of a three-part conference series aimed at gathering input from the dark matter and dark energy communities to optimize the operations and instrumentation of future extremely large optical/infrared telescopes. The registration deadline is 30 April 2018. 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.

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