NOAO Home Page Image Archive
The last 5 images that have appeared on the NOAO Home Page.
November 07, 2013
T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage) and H. Schweiker (WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF)
Planetary Nebula HDW 3
This image of Hartl-Dengel-Weinberger 3 (HDW 3) was obtained with the wide-field view of the Mosaic camera on the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The distinctive braided shape of this large, ancient planetary nebula is the result of the planetary nebula colliding with the interstellar gas around it as the nebula moves through the galaxy.
August 29, 2013
On the Cover
The cover image highlights an NOAO large survey program of galaxy clusters, using GMOS on Gemini-South. These clusters were initially identified by the South Pole Telescope (SPT): this spectroscopic survey will measure the growth of the largest structures in the Universe over time. The SPT surveys the cosmic microwave background for potential galaxy clusters, after which the GMOS survey determines velocity dispersion and mass of the clusters. This image shows six typical clusters: SPT significance maps on the left and color images from Magellan-II on the right (Bayliss et al, p.3)
July 25, 2013
K. Rhode, M. Young and WIYN/NOAO/AURA/NSF
WIYN turns the ODI toward M51
The Whirlpool Galaxy (Messier 51) has been a popular night sky target for astronomers for centuries and has likely been targeted by virtually every telescope in the northern hemisphere. Found in the constellation Canes Venatici, M51 is a classic example of a spiral galaxy. Now, a new camera on the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory has imaged the Whirlpool Galaxy anew. The wide field of the One Degree Imager (ODI) camera makes it possible to capture the entire galaxy and its companion in one pointing, something that even the Hubble Space Telescope cannot do.
Read more in NOAO Press Release 13-09.
May 31, 2013
T. Abbott & CTIO/NOAO/AURA/NSF
Fifty Years of Wide Field Studies in the Southern Hemisphere
The CTIO 50th anniversary conference has ended, and was considered a huge success—scientifically diverse and strong, and the historic talks added personality, emotion and pride to the 50th year celebration. We were pleased to have a strong attendance (3 dozen) from the local Chilean Universities, as well as scientists from Europe, Asia, South America and of course the USA. Pictured above are the conference participants. Additional Photos from the conference can be found in this online album.
May 13, 2013
J. Glaspey, P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF
A Kepler’s Dozen: Thirteen Stories about Distant Worlds that Really Exist
For centuries, humans have pondered what life on other planets beyond our solar system might be like. With the launch of the Kepler Spacecraft in 2009 we now have evidence for the widespread existence of such planets. Kepler’s discovery of hundreds of planet candidates around other stars has inspired a new book that combines both science and science fiction: A Kepler’s Dozen: Thirteen Stories about Distant Worlds that Really Exist. This anthology is co-edited by David Lee Summers (author of The Pirates of Sufiro and editor of Space Pirates) and Dr. Steve Howell (Kepler Project Scientist).
Read more in NOAO Press Release 13-05.
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