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Work on the camera for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), bound for Cerro Pachon in Chile, recently reached a major milestone with the completion of the camera’s refrigeration system (a.k.a. its cryostat). Equipped with 3.2 gigapixels, the camera is the largest ever built for ground-based astronomy. NOAO is a founding partner of LSST and is developing tools and systems to support community research with LSST.
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Using the Gaia satellite & archival data from DECam, astronomers have discovered a large, extremely diffuse galaxy companion to the Milky Way that is as big as the Large Magellanic Cloud but 10,000× fainter.
Pluto’s terrain shows a “washboard” pattern of fine ridges. The New Horizons team, including NOAO Astronomer Tod Lauer, suggests this is evidence of an ancient nitrogen glacier.
Cosmic Dance of Tiny Galaxies. Astronomers have discovered that the tiny Sextans dwarf galaxy, 100,000 times less massive than the Milky Way, is merging with an even smaller companion galaxy.
New extreme dwarf planet discovered, in part with DECam at CTIO, during search for Planet X. Patrolling the outer Solar System on a highly elongated orbit, it travels between 65 and 1000 AU from the Sun.
Ultra-short Period Planet Found by TESS and Confirmed with CHIRON. This “hot Earth” is in orbit around a star 45 light years away, with a period of just 11 hours. Read more in the paper posted on arXiv.
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 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.