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DESI’s 5000 Eyes Open as Kitt Peak Telescope Prepares to Map Space and Time

A new instrument on the 4-m Mayall telescope has opened its array of thousands of fiber-optic “eyes” to the cosmos and successfully captured the light from distant galaxies. The milestone marks the beginning of final testing for the Dark Energy...
28-Oct-2019 2:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Two Ancient Migration Events in the Andromeda Galaxy

Astronomers have uncovered two historic events in which the Andromeda Galaxy underwent major changes to its structure. The findings shed light not only on the evolution and formation of the Andromeda Galaxy, but to our own Milky Way Galaxy as well....
2-Oct-2019 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory Launched

On 1 October 2019, the nighttime astronomy facilities supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) transitioned to operating as one organization, NSF's National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory. The new organization operates five...
30-Sep-2019 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Gemini Observatory Captures Multicolor Image of First-ever Interstellar Comet

The first-ever comet from beyond our Solar System has been successfully imaged by the Gemini Observatory in multiple colors. The image of the newly discovered object, denoted C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), was obtained on the night of 9-10 September using the...
13-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Automated Observing Network Inaugurated at SOAR Telescope

To provide astronomers with a network of world-class telescopes that can be accessed with a touch of a button, four ground-based astronomical observatories have joined forces to set up the Astronomical Event Observatory Network (AEON): Las Cumbres...
14-Aug-2019 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Found: fastest eclipsing binary, a valuable target for gravitational wave studies

Observations made with a new instrument developed for use at the 2.1-meter (84-inch) telescope at the National Science Foundation’s Kitt Peak National Observatory have led to the discovery of the fastest eclipsing white dwarf binary yet known....
23-Jul-2019 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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A Stroke of Astronomical Luck for Solar Science

On July 2, 2019 a total solar eclipse will pass over Chile and Argentina, and through a stroke of astronomical luck, the path of totality crosses directly over the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory located...
5-Jun-2019 4:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Mirror, Mirror on the Mountain

La Serena, Chile – A unique astronomical mirror has reached its new home in the Andes Mountains of Northern Chile after an eight-week journey from Tucson, Arizona, USA. This mirror will enable the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) to catalog...
29-May-2019 4:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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