- O/IR System
P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF; inset: Tom Eglin & NOAO/AURA/NSF
Forty-five years ago this month, the 4-m Mayall began its career as an “all-purpose research tool” with the inspection of its first images by then KPNO Director Nicholas Mayall (inset). The telescope now turns to a new mission: creating the largest 3D map of the cosmos. Over the next 15 months, the telescope will prepare for the installation of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, an ultra-high-tech optical spectrometer capable of measuring the spectra of 5000 astronomical objects simultaneously.
Read more in NOAO Press Release 18-02.
Peering back in time, to when the Universe was only 5% of its current age, astronomers have spotted the most distant supermassive black hole discovered yet. Read more in NOAO Press Release 17-07.
Interstellar interloper 1I/2017 U1, recently spotted streaking through the Solar System, provides an up close look at an object from another planetary system.
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.