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Kitt Peak National Observatory is the future home of a state-of-the-art instrument that will be used to detect and characterize other worlds. The new instrument, an extreme precision radial velocity spectrometer, will measure the subtle motion of stars produced by their orbiting planets. The spectrometer, funded by NASA, will be deployed on an existing telescope at Kitt Peak, the 3.5-meter WIYN telescope. The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), which is funded by NSF, is a partner in the telescope and operates Kitt Peak.
NASA has announced the selection of two teams whose designs will be studied and compared over the next six months: Exoplanet Exploration: News & Announcements
The new spectrometer is expected to play a critical role in characterizing high-priority exoplanet targets identified by current and future NASA missions, in particular Kepler, K2, and TESS. The Kepler mission has found more than 1000 confirmed exoplanets and more than 3000 unconfirmed planet candidates to date. K2, Kepler’s extended mission survey of selected fields in the ecliptic plane, is currently underway. The future Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will conduct an all-sky survey of transiting exoplanet systems around relatively bright and nearby stars.
NASA’s New Horizons spots signs of polar caps on Pluto. Image processing, by NOAO astronomer Tod Lauer and the New Horizons Science Team, revealed these surface features.
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.
The application process is open for the 2015 La Serena School for Data Science, taking place August 15-22, 2015.
In work just reported in SCIENCE, including data taken at the Kitt Peak 2.1m telescope, a team at JPL/Berkeley has upgraded the use of Type Ia supernovae as standard candles for determining distances.
A "growth spurt" from a very young protostar, reported by a team including NOAO scientist Lori Allen. The observations in this study involve both NASA satellites and Kitt Peak telescopes.
NASA Solicits Proposals for a World-class Precision Doppler Spectrometer at Kitt Peak National Observatory
NOAO Press Release 15-02