- O/IR System
Credit: SXS, LIGO Laboratory and T. Abbot & NOAO/AURA/NSF
Ripples in the fabric of spacetime produced by two merging black holes were detected by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO; top inset). The announcement comes 100 years after Albert Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves and signals the opening of the gravitational wave Universe. The wide-field imaging capability of DECam at CTIO (bottom inset) was used to search for the optical counterpart of the gravitational wave event.
After quick makeover, KPNO camera sees redder better. The Mosaic-3 camera, mounted on the 4-m Mayall, is on a two-year mission to image the sky in preparation for DESI.
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Dark Energy Survey (DES) releases early data
Science Verification data from the DES, being carried out with DECam on the 4-m Blanco telescope at CTIO (pictured), now publicly available.
Heavyweight Champion of the Distant Universe. Weighing in at 500 trillion times the mass of the Sun, this young galaxy cluster was first identified with NOAO Deep Wide-field Survey data.
Powerful blasts from a giant black hole are signaled by arcs of cool hydrogen emission that border hot X-ray emitting gas. The hydrogen emission was imaged with the KPNO 0.9-meter telescope.
Oodles of Faint Dwarf Galaxies in Fornax
Shed Light on a Cosmological Mystery
NOAO Press Release 15-09