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2014-04-09 12:21:18

Newly-Developed Camera Will Help Astronomers Peer Into Deepest Reaches of the Universe PALO ALTO, Calif., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM)....

2014-02-03 12:21:33

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- An infrared camera designed with University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] know-how, which will form the heart of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), has joined three other instruments at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to be mounted in the nascent telescope structure. The Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) will function as the central imaging component of JWST, which will replace the Hubble Space Telescope toward...

Telescope Mirror Is Worlds Most Advanced
2012-10-24 09:47:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have completed the most challenging large astronomical mirror ever created. The mirror will be part of the 82-feet Giant Magellan Telescope, which will be exploring planets, and the formation of stars, galaxies and black holes in the early universe. The team has been working for the past several years on a 27.5-feet diameter mirror with an unusual, highly asymmetric shape. The "degree of difficulty" for the mirror is...

Mountaintop Blasting Paves The Way For The Giant Magellan Telescope
2012-03-24 03:27:17

Astronomers have begun to blast 3 million cubic feet of rock from a mountaintop in the Chilean Andes to make room for what will be the world's largest telescope when completed near the end of the decade. The telescope will be located at the Carnegie Institution's Las Campanas Observatory–one of the world's premier astronomical sites, known for its pristine conditions and clear, dark skies. Over the next few months, more than 70 controlled blasts will break up the rock while leaving a...

Mirror Casting Event For Giant Magellan Telescope
2012-01-10 07:35:43

On January 14, 2012, the second 8.4-meter (27.6 ft) diameter mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be cast inside a rotating furnace at the University of Arizona´s Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML) underneath the campus football stadium. The Mirror Lab will host a special event to highlight the milestone of creating the optics for the Giant Magellan Telescope. The Carnegie Institution is a founding member of the GMTO partnership.* Members of the media are invited to...

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2011-06-24 08:11:33

By Daniel Stolte, University of Arizona When finished, the 4.2-meter mirror will be the largest telescope mirror ever pointed at the sun. Polished into a highly complex, asymmetric shape, it will be the centerpiece of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope in Hawaii, allowing researchers to study the sun in unprecedented detail. The University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by the Association of Universities for Research in...

2010-11-29 14:04:16

Among the latest winners of the Kavli Prize are three scientists who have received NSF funding over the past several years Among the latest winners of the Kavli Prize are three scientists who have received NSF funding over the past several years. The Kavli Prize is awarded each year by the Kavli Foundation to scientists "whose discoveries have dramatically expanded human understanding in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience;" prizes are presented to researchers in each of...

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2010-08-05 09:15:00

A breakthrough in adaptive optics allows astronomers to obtain space-telescope quality images over a wide field of view -- here on Earth If you are like most people, you probably enjoy the twinkling of stars that blanket the sky on a clear summer night. If you are an astronomer, chances are you find it extremely annoying. A team of University of Arizona astronomers led by Michael Hart has developed a technique that allows them to switch off the twinkling over a wide field of view, enabling...

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2010-06-20 07:15:00

A telescope in Arizona has taken the sharpest pictures yet of deep space from Earth. This new system provides a level of clarity never seen before. The technology uses adaptive optics, which is a mechanism that allows a telescope's mirror to bend in order to compensate for the blurring of light as it passes through the Earth's atmosphere. LBT scientists said the new system is installed on the $120 million Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on Mount Graham in Arizona.  The system is...

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2010-06-16 15:05:48

The next generation of adaptive optics has arrived at the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona, providing astronomers with a new level of image sharpness never before seen. Developed in a collaboration between Italy's Arcetri Observatory of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, or INAF, and the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory, this technology represents a remarkable step forward for astronomy. "This is an incredibly exciting time as this new adaptive optics system allows us to...


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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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