P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF. Inset: C. Baranec
A Sharp-Eyed Future for Historic Kitt Peak Telescope
A team led by the California Institute of Technology has been selected to transform the venerable 2.1 meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory into the first dedicated adaptive optics (AO) observatory for astronomy. This system, named Robo-AO KP, will allow astronomers to study, at high angular resolution, large numbers of astronomical objects, spanning science from planetary to stellar, and exoplanetary to extragalactic.
Read more in NOAO Press Release 15-07.
Update: Earthquake in Chile. An 8.4 Richter earthquake hit the region of Coquimbo in Chile on September 16. No staff were injured & initial assessments show minimal facility damage.
DECaLS galaxies now in Galaxy Zoo: Classify galaxies and join the quest to unravel the history of galaxy formation! The DECaLS survey uses the wide-field imaging capability of DECam at CTIO.
Dark Energy Spectrometer for Kitt Peak Receives Funding Green Light
NOAO Press Release 15-06
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.
Eight new dwarf galaxy “neighbors” of the Milky Way discovered in recent data from the Dark Energy Survey. The survey is being carried out on the 4-m Blanco telescope at CTIO.
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