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The last 5 news items that have appeared on the NOAO Home Page.

March 22, 2017


Image/Video Credit: Rongpu Zhou

Dusk to Dawn time-lapse at CTIO

While observing for the DECam Legacy Survey (DECaLS), Rongpu Zhou (University of Pittsburgh) set up a camera to capture a time-lapse of the evening. For the first 18 seconds of the video, the moon illuminates the foreground as if it were daylight, while the night sky rotates overhead. As the moon sets, many more stars become visible, and our galaxy, the Milky Way, rises as the Magellanic Clouds set behind the Blanco 4m Telescope. The time-lapse was taken on 4 March 2017.

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March 02, 2017


Image Credit: P. Marenfeld/NOAO/AURA/NSF

March 2017
NOAO Newsletter

The March 2017 NOAO Newsletter is online and ready to download. It contains sections on Science Highlights, Community Science & Data, System Observing: Telescopes and Instruments, and NOAO Operations & Staff.

On the Cover
NOAO is developing tools for the astronomical community to enable research using big datasets from multiple sources. The cover image is the first panel of “Tales of the Modern Astronomer: Boom Goes the Night,” which tells the story of a young researcher who uses tools such as ANTARES to find the optical afterglow of a gravitational wave detection by combining LIGO with the LSST alert stream to identify optical afterglow candidates that can be followed up with telescopes such as Gemini and the Blanco 4mtelescope using the Dark Energy Camera.


February 03, 2017


Image Credit: J. Rose & NOAO/AURA/NSF

Engaging Students in STEM

Over 200 students from six Tucson high schools recently built Galileoscopes, small mass-produced telescopes that offer an inexpensive way to view the same celestial objects studied by Galileo. The telescope-building event, part of the MathMovesU program, was led by Raytheon Engineers and the UA Early Academic Office in partnership with NOAO and the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association. The MathMovesU program aims to inspire students to consider majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in college and to pursue STEM careers.

Local media coverage of the event:


January 09, 2017


Image Credit: Babak A. Tafreshi

Protecting Dark Skies for Astronomy and Life

Artificial light at night is a threat to astronomical research, personal safety, and the health of humans and wildlife. To address the challenge posed by the proliferating use of LEDs for billboards and street lighting, NOAO, in partnership with other concerned organizations, recently convened a workshop to showcase successful strategies for reducing light pollution. The workshop was held at the January meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) where the AAS Council announced a three-part resolution on light pollution, including calling on all AAS members to protect dark skies in their communities. Read more…


December 29, 2016


NOAO announces with sorrow the death of Dr. Vera Rubin

Dr. Vera Rubin began observing at Kitt Peak National Observatory in 1963 at the 36-inch telescope. With her colleague Kent Ford, she continued using the Kitt Peak 2.1-m, accumulating over 60 galaxy rotation curves over the following years. Flat rotation curves were directly visible from the spectra: these data provided compelling observational evidence for a new kind of matter in the Universe, “dark matter”. Vera Rubin continued observing at Kitt Peak and Cerro Tololo throughout her long career, and will be greatly missed by the entire NOAO science staff, the mountain technical staff, and everyone who had the good fortune to meet her.


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