NOAO Home Page News Archive
The last 5 news items that have appeared on the NOAO Home Page.
June 11, 2018
Image Credit: P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF
WIYN-win for Kitt Peak
NSF & NASA team up to explore exoplanets
Which stars harbor what kind of planets? The NEID spectrograph, destined for Kitt Peak, will soon study planets discovered by the NASA missions Kepler and TESS. Designed for extreme radial velocity precision and funded by NASA, NEID will arrive at the WIYN telescope later this year. TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, was launched in April and will become fully operational this month.
Read more in this article from the Planetary Society
June 04, 2018
Image Credit: T. Abbott & NOAO/AURA/NSF; Image Overlay/Video Credit: A. Riedel & the RECONS group, P.I. Todd J. Henry
Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Astronomers recently reported the discovery of 14 new stars within 10 parsecs of the Sun. The discovery by the RECONS project was made using data obtained with the SMARTS 0.9m telescope at CTIO. Established in 1994, RECONS has discovered one of every seven systems within 10 parsecs. Are more of the Sun’s nearest neighbors yet to be discovered? Stay tuned!
Click the image to view the RECONS 25 Parsec Database trailer.
Read more in “The Solar Neighborhood XLIV: RECONS Discoveries within 10 Parsecs” [PDF].
May 21, 2018
Image credit: P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF, GMTO, TIO
Announcing: the U.S. Extremely Large Telescope Program
To enhance U.S. scientific leadership in astronomy and astrophysics, and enable the broader U.S. community to to take advantage of the power of ground-based extremely large optical-infrared telescopes (ELTs), the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO), and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory (TIO) have embarked on the development of a U.S. Extremely Large Telescope (US-ELT) Program.
May 16, 2018
Image credit: NOAO/AURA/NSF
Kitt Peak Receives Major Components for Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument
Components for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) recently arrived at KPNO and were delivered inside the 4-m Mayall enclosure. The components are part of the support structure for DESI’s robotic fiber-optic positioners that will capture the light from millions of distant galaxies.
Read more at: NOAO Press Release 18-02.
May 08, 2018
Image credits: T. Abbott & NOAO/AURA/NSF (left); Koposov et al. 2018 (right)
A Snake in the Clouds: A New Dwarf Galaxy in the Magellanic Bridge
Astronomers using the Dark Energy Camera on the CTIO Blanco telescope have detected a new dwarf galaxy in the stream of gas linking the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. The new galaxy, Hydrus 1, located in the “water snake” constellation, may have been brought to the Milky Way by the Magellanic Clouds.
Read more at: phys.org.