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Dark Energy Camera Dedication Amping Up Next Week
2012-11-02 12:51:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Today marks the 50th anniversary celebration of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), while next week is the dedication of a new instrument for the observatory. The Dark Energy Camera was installed on the Victor M. Blanco telescope at CTIO, and it will be conducting powerful surveys by collecting light from 100,000 galaxies located up to 8 billion light years away. The camera has 62 charged-coupled devices with an...

Ancient Starlight Recorded By Dark Energy Camera
2012-09-18 04:19:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Approximately 8 billion years ago, the light from distant galaxies began streaming towards Earth. Now, at a mountaintop observatory in Chile, the newly constructed Dark Energy Camera (DECam), the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created, has captured that ancient starlight and recorded it for the first time. Early on September 12, 2012, the DECam, mounted atop the Victor Blanco Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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