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WIYN Telescope Captures Highly Detailed Whirlpool Galaxy Image
2013-07-26 18:40:41

Astronomers have been observing the Whirlpool Galaxy since the 18th century, but they’ve never seen it like this.

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

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.

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

A spectacular new image of the Bubble Nebula, named NGC 7635, has been captured by the new camera known as the One Degree Imager that is being commissioned at the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory outside Tucson, Arizona.

2011-10-20 04:23:36

Mysterious “blue stragglers” are old stars that appear younger than they should be: they burn hot and blue. Several theories have attempted to explain why they don’t show their age, but, until now, scientists have lacked the crucial observations with which to test each hypothesis.

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2008-10-07 11:49:00

Astronomers studying new images of a nearby galaxy cluster have found evidence that high-speed collisions between large elliptical galaxies may prevent new stars from forming, according to a paper to be published in a November 2008 issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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2007-02-22 14:07:57

A beautiful new image of spiral galaxy IC 342 that takes advantage of the dark night sky at Kitt Peak National Observatory is being released today in Washington, DC.

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2005-05-27 15:25:51

A $6.6 million pixel camera for taking detailed research photographs of the night sky is scheduled to be built for the Kitt Peak National Observatory with help from the University of Wisconsin.


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