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Image Credit: Dark Energy Survey
The Dark Energy Survey (DES) has released data products used in its Year-One (YI) science programs, including object catalogs, survey characterization maps, and cosmological likelihoods. A large-area survey of the Southern sky being carried out with the CTIO Blanco telescope, DES is investigating the accelerating expansion of the Universe using weak gravitational lensing, galaxy cluster counts, baryon acoustic oscillations, and Type Ia supernovae. DES Y1 catalogs will soon be available through the NOAO Data Lab.
To access the DES YI data, visit https://des.ncsa.illinois.edu/releases/y1a1.
A new $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund the development of the Windows on the Universe Center for Astronomy Outreach in the iconic McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope Facility on Kitt Peak.
Read about the Legacy Surveys DR7 in the latest issue of NOAO Currents, including articles on exoplanet observing on CHIRON, news from SOAR & Blanco, research opportunities for time domain astronomy, & more.
Using DECam on the NSF’s CTIO Blanco telescope, a research team has discovered that supernovae generated by red supergiants are often preceded by a bright flash.
US scientists invited to help develop exemplar Key Science Programs (KSPs) for GMT and TMT. The KSPs are a key element of the US ELT Program to be presented to the 2020 Decadal Survey.
Observations acquired under the NN-EXPLORE program with the WIYN telescope have helped confirm the existence of 44 exoplanets. The discovery team included NOAO astronomer Mark Everett.
Light echoes from the “Great Eruption” in the mid-1800’s of eta Carinae reveal critical details about a centuries-old event. Read more in the Gemini Observatory press release.
Observations made with DECam on the CTIO Blanco Telescope have led to the discovery of 12 additional moons of Jupiter, including its smallest known moon, Valetudo, less than one kilometer in diameter.