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NOAO News Archive: 2018


September 25, 2018

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


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

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.


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February 12, 2018

New Chapter Begins for Kitt Peak Telescope

The moon illuminates the recently silvered dome of the Mayall 4m Telescope in this long exposure image taken on 6 February, 2018 during one of the last nights of observation for the the Mayall z-Band Legacy Survey (MzLS). Credit: P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF.

Its 45-year-long assignment as an “all-purpose research tool” completed, the Mayall now embarks on a new mission: creating the largest 3D map of the cosmos. The map will help chart out the role of dark energy in the expansion history of the Universe. Over the next 15 months, the telescope will prepare for the installation of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, a massively parallel optical spectrometer capable of measuring the spectra of 5000 astronomical objects simultaneously

Read more in NOAO Press Release 18-02.


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January 10, 2018

New Stellar Streams Confirm ‘Melting Pot’ History of the Galaxy

While most stars in the Milky Way were likely born here, many appear to have originated in other galaxies and migrated to our shores. Tell-tale evidence comes from streams of stars created when small galaxies interact with the Milky Way. Eleven new stellar streams, discovered in data from the Dark Energy Survey, currently in progress at the CTIO Blanco telescope, provide new evidence for this picture. The public release of the survey data continues the trend toward “Big Data” in astronomy.

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Read more in NOAO Press Release 18-01.


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