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Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
2014-08-10 02:05:44

National Science Foundation Construction of the highly anticipated Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) can begin now that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has finalized funding. To be located in Chile, LSST is a proposed 8-meter wide-field survey telescope that will image the entire visible sky approximately twice per week, providing an unprecedented amount of information while transforming the emerging discipline of data-enabled science. LSST was the highest-ranked ground-based...

Adaptive Optics Details New Space Images From Gemini Observatory
2013-07-03 11:05:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at the Gemini Observatory in Chile have just released the first new images of space created with their state-of-the-art adaptive optics system, called GeMS. An acronym for Gemini Multi-conjugate adaptive optics System, GeMS allows scientists at the observatory to capture deep-space images without the usual distortions created by Earth's atmosphere. "What we have seen so far signals an incredible capability that leaps...

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...

Astronomers Discover Asteroid Has Much Longer Tail Than Thought
2013-06-03 10:06:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the new wide-field camera at the WIYN Observatory´s 3.5-meter telescope, astronomers at the facility have discovered that asteroid P/2010 A2's recently-formed tail is much longer than previously believed. The astronomers said the tail is about 620,000 miles long, or about triple the distance from the Earth to the Moon. The scientists were able to see the complete tail using the new One Degree Imager (ODI) -- a wide-field...

Time exposure of SOAR telescope observing at Cerro Pachon in Chile
2013-05-02 04:41:36

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One challenge of ground-based optical astronomy is that photons in this regime, and nearby infrared and ultraviolet bands, get refracted in our atmosphere. The consequence is that imaging of astronomical objects can be blurred, making it difficult to identify and characterize individual objects. Compensating for these effects can be tricky though, as our atmosphere is not a static system. Rather, it is in a state of...

Birth Of A Star In Cepheus
2013-04-02 13:51:41

National Optical Astronomy Observatory Watching starbirth isn´t easy: tens of millions of years are needed to form a star like our Sun. Much like archeologists who reconstruct ancient cities from shards of debris strewn over time, astronomers must reconstruct the birth process of stars indirectly, by observing stars in different stages of the process and inferring the changes that take place. Studies show that half of the common stars, including our Sun, formed in massive clusters,...

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...

Partnership-Planning Grant Awarded By NSF To Thirty Meter Telescope
2013-03-18 15:03:31

Thirty Meter Telescope Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a cooperative agreement to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Observatory Corporation to explore a potential partnership between the organizations. The award is a milestone for the TMT project, initiating a broad dialog between TMT, the NSF and the United States' astronomical community. The partnership-planning award also paves the way for the NSF to confer with TMT's international partners. "The NSF award is a...

Astronomers Offer High Resolution Image Of Cygnus Loop
2012-12-19 11:05:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and WIYN partners have offered this extraordinary wide-field image of the Cygnus loop as an end of the year finale. The image, three degrees to a side, covers an area of the sky about 45 times that of the full moon without sacrificing high resolution. The image is one of the largest astronomical images ever made at over 600 million pixels in size. Located some 1,500 light-years from...

Bubble Nebula Imaged In Sharp Detail By One Degree Imager Camera
2012-12-05 05:57:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A spectacular new image of the Bubble Nebula, named NGC 7635, has been captured by the new camera known as the One Degree Imager (ODI) that is being commissioned at the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory outside Tucson, Arizona. Located in the constellation Cassiopeia, the Bubble Nebula is approximately 10 light-years across. It is a shell of gas and dust carved out by stellar wind created by the massive...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Cerro Tololo Observatory -- astronomical observatory located on Cerro Tololo peak, Chile, with offices in La Serena, about 40 mi (64 km) to the west. Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), it is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which also operates such other major national observatories as the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. The principal instrument is a 158-in. (4-m) reflecting telescope, the largest in the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Kitt Peak Observatory -- astronomical observatory located southwest of Tucson, Ariz.; it was founded in 1958 under contract with the National Science Foundation and is administered by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. Its principal instrument is the Mayall 158-in. (4-m) reflector. The observatory's equipment also includes 84-in. (2.1 m), 50-in. (1.3-m), 36-in. (0.9-m), and 16-in. (0.4-m) reflecting telescopes as well as a planned 3.5-m telescope. Used for wide...

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