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Eight new dwarf galaxy “neighbors” of the Milky Way discovered in recent data from the Dark Energy Survey (DES). More than 20 such companions to our galaxy have been discovered this year, of which 17 were found in DES data. Dwarf satellite galaxies may provide valuable clues to the nature of dark matter and how galaxies like the Milky Way formed. The Dark Energy Survey is being carried out on the 4-m Blanco telescope at CTIO.
The US National Gemini office is pleased to inaugurate its website. All Gemini Users are invited to explore, experiment, and give us feedback on these pages.
Digital tracking dramatically increases the sensitivity of a telescope to faint asteroids. A recent study illustrates the potential of this approach using data from the 0.9m WIYN telescope on Kitt Peak.
Smallest supermassive black hole discovered in dwarf galaxy RGG118. NOAO Hubble Fellow Amy Reines is a coauthor on the study.
Hiding in Plain Sight: Undergraduates Discover the Densest Galaxies Known
NOAO Press Release 15-04
NGC 2346 - A Cosmic Butterfly’s Delicate Wings
NOAO Press Release 15-03
NASA selects two teams for high precision radial velocity spectrometer study on Kitt Peak. The new instrument will measure the subtle motion of stars produced by their orbiting planets.
Symmetry Magazine: The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will produce a 3-D space map using a “hive” of five thousand pencil-shaped robots (pictured, over a simulation of the “hive”).