NOAO Currents

March 2019  •  Issue 58

 

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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In this Issue…

Observing Opportunities at SOAR in 2019B: The TripleSpec infrared imaging spectrograph is now being commissioned and will be offered in shared-risk mode in 2019B. A modest fraction of SOAR observing nights is expected to be available in queue mode in 2019B for observations with the Goodman Spectrograph. SOAR also expects to participate in the upcoming TOM Toolkit Workshop and Observing Program; a joint initiative with LCO, ZTF, LSSTC, and Gemini, it has the aim of building a community of expert LSST alert users. Read more…

NN-Explore

Exoplanet Proposals Invited for WIYN, CTIO 1.5m, and AAT in 2019B: Approximately 25 nights on the WIYN telescope, 40 nights on the CTIO SMARTS 1.5m telescope with the CHIRON high resolution spectrograph, and 5 nights on the AAT 3.9m telescope with the Veloce precision radial velocity spectrometer will be available for exoplanet research through the NASA/NSF NN-EXPLORE partnership. Read more…

NEID Proposals Solicited, AAS Presentations Available: Proposals to use NEID, the high-precision radial velocity spectrograph at the 3.5m WIYN telescope, are solicited for the 2019B semester. Interested proposers may wish to register to participate in an informational telecon on 14 March 2019 at 12:00 EDT. Presentations from the NEID Splinter Session at the January AAS meeting are also available online. 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 an abstract submission deadline of 15 April 2019. Read more…

NOAO in the News

Citizen Scientists Invited to Join Quest for New Worlds:
“Backyard Worlds: Planet 9” re-launched last month, with a call to volunteer citizen scientists to join the search for cold worlds near the Sun—both planets lurking in the outer reaches of the Solar System as well as nearby brown dwarfs. The re-launch coincides with the publication of the project’s latest discovery: a record-setting white dwarf star whose mysterious dusty rings challenge our understanding of the long-term evolution of planetary systems. NOAO astronomer Aaron Meisner is a co-founder of Backyard Worlds and a science team member. Read more in NOAO press release 19-04.

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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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