- O/IR System
Image Credit: Pieter van Dokkum, Roberto Abraham, Gemini Observatory/AURA.
The ultra-diffuse galaxy Dragonfly 44, located in the Coma Cluster of galaxies, has the mass and size of the Milky Way galaxy, but very few stars. The other 99.99% of the mass is a form of dark matter. Observations made with the Gemini and Keck Observatories were used to infer the mass of the galaxy from the motions of its stars and to take a census of its globular cluster population.
Read more in the Gemini Press Release.
A five-planet system revealed by NASA's Kepler K2 mission. The Robo-AO adaptive optics system on the Kitt Peak 2.1m telescope was used to rule out a non-planetary origin for the transit signals.
Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument Enters Construction Phase. Installation at the Kitt Peak Mayall telescope will begin in 2017.
Trove of Planets Discovered with Kepler and Earth-based Observatories including Gemini North. NOAO’s Mark Everett was part of the team.
Beyond the Kuiper Belt Edge. 2014 FZ71 and 2015 FJ345, are among the most distant bodies in the Solar System. Discovered using data from DECam on the Blanco 4-m telescope at CTIO.
Young Super-Neptune Offers Clues to the Origin of Close-In Exoplanets. Observations with ARCoIRIS, the new IR spectrograph on the Blanco 4-m, helped measure the planet’s size.
Likely new planet may be in slow death spiral:
Astronomers used the Kitt Peak 4-m Mayall and other telescopes to discover a ‘hot Jupiter’ whose outer layers are being pulled away by the star it orbits.