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

October 15, 2018

Image Credit: M. Urzúa Zuñiga/Gemini Observatory; Inset: NASA

Ultra-short Period Planet Found by TESS and Confirmed with CHIRON

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a “hot Earth” in orbit around a star 45 light years away. The planet, which is only 30% larger than Earth, orbits very close to its star, with a period of just 11 hours. The discovery was confirmed using multiple facilities including the CHIRON spectrograph on the SMARTS 1.5m telescope at CTIO.

Read more in the paper posted on arXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.07242


September 25, 2018


Video: M.Newhouse, J. Najita & NOAO/AURA/NSF

NSF’s Windows on the Universe Center for Astronomy Outreach at Kitt Peak

A new $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will fund the development of a new center for astronomy outreach at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Located in the iconic McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope Facility, the center will provide the public with a new way to experience the cutting-edge research carried out at Kitt Peak and NSF’s other astronomy facilities around the globe, including ground-based optical, radio, and gravitational wave facilities.

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Read more in NOAO Press Release 18-03.


September 11, 2018

Image Credit: DECaLS

DESI Imaging Legacy Surveys Publish Seventh Data Release

The slideshow above highlights images from the Legacy Surveys’ Data Release 7 (DR7), which covers more than a quarter of the sky. More DR7 images of galaxies in Halton Arp’s Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies are available online.

Read more about DR7 in the latest issue of NOAO Currents, which also describes exoplanet observing time available with CHIRON, news from the SOAR and Blanco telescopes, research opportunities for time domain astronomy (ZTF, ANTARES), and more.


September 03, 2018

Image Credit: R. Hahn & Dark Energy Survey; Inset Credit: NAOJ

Star Sends Clues to its Demise Hours Before its Death

A research team has discovered that supernovae generated by red supergiants are often preceded by a bright flash, created when expanding gas from the supernova collides with a dense stellar wind launched by the star just before it explodes. To make their discovery, the team studied stars at the time of explosion, by scanning the skies rapidly for 14 nights using DECam on the NSF’s CTIO Blanco telescope. The result has been published in Nature Astronomy.

Read more in the press releases from:
CTIO (also en Español)
Universidad de Chile (also en Español)


August 30, 2018

Image Credit: DECaLS

DESI Imaging Legacy Surveys Publish Seventh Data Release

The slideshow above highlights images from the Legacy Surveys’ Data Release 7 (DR7), which covers more than a quarter of the sky. More DR7 images of galaxies in Halton Arp’s Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies are available online.

Read more about DR7 in the latest issue of NOAO Currents, which also describes exoplanet observing time available with CHIRON, news from the SOAR and Blanco telescopes, research opportunities for time domain astronomy (ZTF, ANTARES), and more.


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