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The CHARA array will be available to astronomers through the NOAO TAC.
Scientists at Georgia State University’s Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) have been awarded a $3.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scientists greater access to the CHARA Array telescopes at the Mount Wilson Observatory in California.
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Check out the latest from Gemini.
A “Failed” Milky Way that is 99.99% Dark Matter. Astronomers have discovered a massive galaxy that is almost entirely dark matter. The galaxy, called Dragonfly 44, has very low surface brightness and was only discovered in 2014. New observations using the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS) ...
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Ultra-faint stellar systems discovered toward the Sagittarius stream. Image Credit: K. Vivas & CTIO/NOAO/AURA/NSF. Astronomers have discovered ultra-faint stellar systems in the direction of the Sagittarius stream, the stream of stars that is being pulled out of the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy as ...
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Check out the latest NOAO Newsletter. 
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Check out this great drone video of our southern branch at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. 
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Beyond the Kuiper Belt Edge. Image Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI) & S. Sheppard, et. al. KBO Animation Animation of Kuiper Belt Object 2014 FZ71 created from the discovery images. Each image in the sequence was taken ...
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The newly discovered protocluster of galaxies located in the Bootes field of the NOAO Deep Wide-field Survey. Green circles identify the confirmed cluster members. Density contours (white lines) emphasize the concentration of member galaxies toward the center of the image.
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Tucson vendors nabbed some weighty chunks of the worldwide competition to supply elements of the next big thing in astronomy.
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See a bolide (bright meteor) over Gemini Observatory followed by a smoke trail. 
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Hear about the Robo-AO project on the 2.1 meter telescope at Kitt Peak. 
Adaptive Optics systems are used on telescopes around the world to remove the blurring produced by Earth’s atmosphere. In this podcast, Megan Nieberding talks about Robo AO, a robotic adaptive opti…
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The next big project for the Mayall Telescope on Kitt Peak.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science laboratory operated by Stanford University.
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A team of astronomers has confirmed the existence of a young planet, only 11 million years old, that orbits very close to its star (at 0.05 AU), with an orbital period of 5.4 days. Approximately 5 times the size of the Earth, the new planet is a “super-Neptune” and the youngest such planet known. The discovery lends unique insights into the origin of planetary system architectures.
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