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Supernova Legacy Survey Astronomers Reveal New Class Of Supernovae
2013-12-19 04:50:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two of the brightest and most distant supernovae ever recorded have been discovered by astronomers affiliated with the Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS). The findings, published in The Astrophysical Journal, reveal that the supernovae are 10 billion light-years away and a hundred times more luminous than a normal supernova. The extreme luminosity of these supernovae cannot be explained by the mechanism that powers most supernovae —...

Las Cumbres Obsevatory Astronomy Imager Captures First Light
2013-08-02 09:25:02

Las Cumbres Observatory Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT), with first lights at nine new 1-meter telescopes since April of 2012, achieved another critical milestone by capturing the first on-sky image with a production Sinistro camera. In development for over six years, the camera is arguably more important than the telescopes that will use them. "A telescope is really nothing more than a large camera lens," explained Joe Tufts, instrumentation scientist on the Sinistro...

2013-06-24 11:35:55

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) announced this week that Dr. Todd Boroson has accepted the role of Director effective August 1, 2013. Dr. Boroson will replace Wayne Rosing, Founder and President, and Tim Brown, Science Director. Dr. Boroson has served the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) for the last 24 years as director, deputy director and currently as astronomer. NOAO, primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), operates observatories at Kitt...

First Light For Third 1-Meter Node Of Global Telescope
2013-03-18 16:19:57

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope The first truly global telescope came a significant step closer to completion this month with the installation and first light on three new 1-meter telescopes at the South Africa Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) near Sutherland, South Africa. A team of five Las Cumbres engineers, technicians, and a postdoc, convened at Sutherland for three weeks during late February and early March to achieve this feat. "The South African Astronomical Observatory...

Las Cumbres Observatory Gains First Light For Entire 1-meter Node At CTIO
2012-10-23 21:04:56

After nearly eight years of design, fabrication and development, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) installed three 1-meter telescopes at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) and achieved first light on all three in a span of less than 30 hours last week. Lead Engineer Annie Hjelstrom has been on site with a team of four from Las Cumbres since September 27, installing, integrating, and collimating the three 1-meter telescopes. The team achieved first light on two of...

The 'FLOYDS' Spectrographs Acquire Target Robotically At Las Cumbres Observatory
2012-08-29 09:25:08

Two identical FLOYDS spectrographs, installed in recent weeks at telescopes 6,000 miles apart, robotically acquired a supernovae target this week. Due to the level of precision required and the difficulty involved, few if any, other ground-based spectrographs have ever achieved this milestone. “This is unprecedented,” staff astronomer David Sand explained. “In a matter of just a few weeks, Las Cumbres Observatory was able to install the spectrographs, achieve first light,...

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2010-03-17 13:15:00

Combining observations from the CoRoT satellite and the ESO HARPS instrument, astronomers have discovered the first "normal" exoplanet that can be studied in great detail. Designated Corot-9b, the planet regularly passes in front of a star similar to the Sun located 1500 light-years away from Earth towards the constellation of Serpens (the Snake). "This is a normal, temperate exoplanet just like dozens we already know, but this is the first whose properties we can study in depth," says Claire...

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2008-04-01 14:25:00

An international team of astronomers has found 10 new "extra solar" planets, planets that orbit stars other than our sun. The team used a system of robotic cameras that yield a great deal of information about these other worlds, some of which are quite exotic. The system is expected to revolutionize scientific understanding of how planets form.Two participating astronomers from the U.S. are Rachel Street and Tim Lister. Street is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.