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Image Credit: Karen Teramura/IfA, Miloslav Druckmüller, NASA
Once thought to be damaged beyond repair, NASA’s Kepler telescope survives and thrives, discovering new worlds beyond the solar system. A team of astronomers has reported over 100 new planets found in recent Kepler data. Extensive ground-based observations were carried out to sift the real planets from false positives. The team, which includes NOAO’s own Mark Everett, used a suite of facilities, including Gemini North and Keck Observatory, in the study.
Beyond the Kuiper Belt Edge. 2014 FZ71 and 2015 FJ345, are among the most distant bodies in the Solar System. Discovered using data from DECam on the Blanco 4-m telescope at CTIO.
Young Super-Neptune Offers Clues to the Origin of Close-In Exoplanets. Observations with ARCoIRIS, the new IR spectrograph on the Blanco 4-m, helped measure the planet’s size.
Likely new planet may be in slow death spiral:
Astronomers used the Kitt Peak 4-m Mayall and other telescopes to discover a ‘hot Jupiter’ whose outer layers are being pulled away by the star it orbits.
Galaxy-seeking Robots Geared Up for a Test Run. To prepare for the future 5000-fiber Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, a robotic array of 10 fiber-positioners, ProtoDESI, will be installed on the KP Mayall in August.
New Light on the Big Bang: Spectra from the KPNO Mayall led to the discovery of a small blue galaxy with a near-pristine chemical composition, close to that of the early universe.
Young Mammoth Cluster of Galaxies Sighted in the Early Universe. The discovery was made using telescopes at KPNO and Keck. NOAO Astronomer Arjun Dey is the lead author of the study.