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Image Credit: Babak Tafreshi; Inset: Dana Berry, SkyWorks Digital, Inc.
Telescopes pinpoint optical glow of a binary neutron star merger detected in gravitational waves
The precious elements in our Earth-bound bling are thought to have been forged in ancient fiery cataclysms, when pairs of neutron stars spiraled together and merged into black holes. The Blanco, SOAR, and SMARTS 1.3m telescopes at CTIO recently pinpointed and studied the light from such a merger. The first optical counterpart to a gravitational wave detection, the discovery confirms that merging neutron star binaries are indeed major cosmic production sites of rare heavy elements.
The October 2017 NOAO Newsletter is ready to download. It contains sections on Science Highlights, Community Science & Data, System Observing, and NOAO Operations & Staff.
Supernova Survivor Flung Far from Home: Forensic spectra taken with the KPNO Mayall telescope helps astronomers reconstruct a star’s perilous past.
In 2013 a house-sized meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. How many similar-sized rocks have orbits that bring them close to the Earth? Read more in NOAO Press Release 17-04.
70-26-4: The Cosmic Mix Confirmed. The results from the Dark Energy Survey, carried out with DECam on the CTIO Blanco telescope, were derived from high precision maps of gravitational lensing and large scale structure.
Superluminous supernova proclaims the death of a star at cosmic high noon. The supernova, one of the most distant ever discovered & confirmed, was detected with the Dark Energy Camera.
Distant Galaxies ‘Lift the Veil’ on the End of the Cosmic Dark Ages:
NOAO Press Release 17-03.
A New Jovian Mini-Moon
Discovered with DECam on the CTIO Blanco telescope, the diminutive moon S/2017 J1, only a mile across, takes 2 years to complete an orbit around Jupiter.