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Image Credit: Babak A. Tafreshi
Artificial light at night is a threat to astronomical research, personal safety, and the health of humans and wildlife. To address the challenge posed by the proliferating use of LEDs for billboards and street lighting, NOAO, in partnership with other concerned organizations, recently convened a workshop to showcase successful strategies for reducing light pollution. The workshop was held at the January meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) where the AAS Council announced a three-part resolution on light pollution, including calling on all AAS members to protect dark skies in their communities. Read more…
NOAO announces with sorrow the death of Dr. Vera Rubin. Her observations at the KPNO 2.1-m provided compelling evidence for Dark Matter. She will be greatly missed by the entire NOAO staff.
DECam Legacy Survey Announces Third Data Release: reduced images and source catalogs covering between 4000 and 8000 square degrees of sky in three wavelength bands have been released.
A recent community-based study takes a science-driven look at the question “What supporting OIR capabilities will be needed to maximize the science enabled by the LSST?”
Pluto Spray Paints its Moon Red: “Mordor Macula” gets its color from methane gas escaping Pluto & freezing on Charon. NOAO astronomer Tod Lauer is a member of the team reporting this result.
High gas content of distant galaxies likely fueled the high rate of star formation during the “Golden Age” of galaxy formation. The international discovery team included NOAO’s Mark Dickinson.
NSF Funds Open Access to Las Cumbres Observatory. Beginning in 2017, open access time on the LCO global telescope network will be available to the US community through the NOAO TAC.
Ultra-faint stellar systems discovered toward the Sagittarius stream. The discovery team included NOAO astronomers Kathy Vivas, Tim Abbott, David James, Chris Smith, and Alistair Walker.