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Quasar Radiation Influences Galaxy Growth
2013-07-25 05:58:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astrophysicists writing in The Astrophysical Journal have shed some new light on the universe's brightest objects - quasars. The team from Dartmouth University published details about discoveries based on 10 quasar observations. They wrote about the power of quasar radiation, which can reach out for many thousands of light years to the limits of the quasar's galaxy. Astrophysicists Ryan Hickox and Kevin Hainline and colleagues used...

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...

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2009-04-02 13:25:00

Astronomers around the world are taking part in a marathon in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of a telescope in 1609.Organized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) the "100 Hours of Astronomy" event is expected to bring a large audience to events across the globe as well as a massive online audience of participants. "It is a sense of discovery and awe that astronomers wish to share with our fellow citizens all over the world," said IAU president Catherine...

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2008-03-26 17:10:00

Judi Provencal is star-struck, but not so much by the glitz and glam of Hollywood.You have to look heavenward through a telescope to see the object of her fascination--to pale stars called white dwarfs, their brilliance faded because all of their nuclear fuel has been burned up.A white dwarf is a star that is "dying," cooling down in the twilight of its life. It's what the sun will become in about 4 billion years, according to Provencal.Starting Wednesday, March 26, Provencal--who is an...

2007-07-13 11:25:00

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands -- One of the world's most powerful telescopes will begin spying on the universe on Friday, using its 34-foot wide mirror to search for planets similar to our own from a mountaintop on one of Spain's Canary Islands. Perched atop a 7,800 foot peak on the Atlantic island of La Palma, the Great Canary Telescope will receive its so-called "first light" - when the telescope is pointed toward the sky and focusses on the North Star - Friday night. "The GTC will...

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2005-11-10 04:30:00

By Ed Stoddard SUTHERLAND, South Africa -- In the beginning all was smooth. And now all is scattered. How this process unfolded long ago is one of the secrets scientists hope to unlock with the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) which was launched in a remote corner of South Africa's Karoo region on Thursday. "SALT gives us the ability to look far back in time," Dr. David Buckley, the project scientist, told Reuters in an interview at the launch. The light from the objects that SALT will...

2005-11-04 06:22:52

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will launch the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere next week and aims to put itself on the map as a destination for star-gazing tourists, the country's science minister said on Friday. President Thabo Mbeki will formally initiate the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) on Thursday at an observatory near the town of Sutherland in the remote and arid Karoo region, famed for its big skies. "This puts us on the map as an...

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2005-11-04 06:20:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa will launch the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere next week and aims to put itself on the map as a destination for star-gazing tourists, the country's science minister said on Friday. President Thabo Mbeki will formally initiate the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) on Thursday at an observatory near the town of Sutherland in the remote and arid Karoo region, famed for its big skies. "This puts us on the map as an astronomy...

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2005-09-01 15:39:50

MADISON -- Five years after breaking ground on a South African mountaintop near the edge of the Kalahari desert, astronomers today (Sept. 1, 2005) released the first images captured by the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), now the equal of the world's largest optical telescope and a prized window to the night skies of the southern hemisphere. With a 10- by 11-meter hexagonal segmented mirror and state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation, the new telescope was constructed by an...


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