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Image Credit: M. Hanna & NOAO/AURA/NSF; Inset: R. Kotulla (University of Wisconsin) & WIYN/NOAO/AURA/NSF
The visit of the interstellar interloper U1, recently spotted streaking through the Solar System, gives the people of Earth their first chance to study up close an object from another planetary system. Observations with the WIYN telescope at Kitt Peak reveal that despite its foreign origins, U1 appears similar to asteroids in our Solar System. The result supports the long-held view that our Solar System once ejected its own flotilla of messengers like U1 out into interstellar space.
Read more in NOAO Press Release 17-06.
NOAO invites community input on science opportunities of the coming decade in preparation for the Decadal Survey. To learn more and to contribute, visit our 2020 Decadal Survey planning page.
The October 2017 NOAO Newsletter is ready to download. It contains sections on Science Highlights, Community Science & Data, System Observing, and NOAO Operations & Staff.
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.
70-26-4: The Cosmic Mix Confirmed. The results from the Dark Energy Survey, carried out with DECam on the CTIO Blanco telescope, were derived from high precision maps of gravitational lensing and large scale structure.
Superluminous supernova proclaims the death of a star at cosmic high noon. The supernova, one of the most distant ever discovered & confirmed, was detected with the Dark Energy Camera.