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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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" The instrument is named NEID – derived from the word meaning “to discover/visualize” in the native language of the Tohono O’odham, on whose land Kitt Peak National Observatory is located."
A Penn State-led research group has been selected by NASA's Astrophysics Division to build a $10-million, cutting-edge instrument to detect planets orbiting stars outside our solar system. The team, led by Suvrath Mahadevan, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, was selected after an intense national competition. When completed in 2019, the instrument will be the centerpiece of a partnership between NASA and ...
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Producing the lenses for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) which will be installed on the Mayall Telescope on Kitt Peak in 2018. 
Scientists hope the quarter-ton hunks of glass will help them see dark energy’s effects.
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Kitt Peak telescopes are used to train the next generation of astronomers. 
It’s the second year that UMass Amherst has sent undergraduates to the observatory. Led by Five College Teaching Fellow Anne Jaskot, students Alissa Roegge ‘17, Tim Costa ‘16, Teddy Kareta ‘17, and Steve Wagner ’17 operated a 0.9 meter diameter telescope, and collected and processed data. Powered by an unlimited coffee supply, they kept a nocturnal schedule that allowed them to see the light of distant galaxies. They also learned to plan nightly ...
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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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Puffy Giant Planet Discovered by KELT-S Transit Survey. The discovery lightcurve of exoplanet KELT-10b is overlaid on an image of the KELT-S Telescope in South Africa. The lightcurve was obtained using 4967 observations over about 4-years. A 30-minute binned lightcurve is shown in red.
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Check out the latest news in the Gemini e-Newscast. 
A Supermassive Black Hole That Wasn't So Massive. One sign of an extreme supermassive black hole at a galaxy's core is a light deficit, the consequence of ejection of stars from the central region. The brightest cluster galaxy of Abell 85 had been identified as such an example, claimed to host ...
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Figure 1. Left: Y dwarfs imaged in the CH4S filter. For each object two panels are shown, with the left displaying a 0.8×0.8 arcsecond sub-image centered on the Y dwarf, and the right showing a nearby reference star. All images are north up and east to the left.
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A newly upgraded camera that incorporates light sensors developed at Berkeley Lab is one of the best cameras on the planet for studying outer space at red wavelengths too red for the human eye to see.
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