NOAO Home Page Image Archive
The last 5 images that have appeared on the NOAO Home Page.
November 11, 2015
T.A.Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), H. Schweiker/WIYN , I.P.Dell'Antonio (NOAO/AURA/NSF) and Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA). Book Cover Design: Kristina Kachele
Coloring the Universe
A new book will give readers a behind-the-scenes look at how spectacular images of space are made by the world’s largest and most powerful telescopes. Featuring over three hundred large-format pictures, Coloring the Universe is an insider’s guide at what happens at the professional observatories (including NOAO) when we release color images of space. The book focuses on how the images are made, why they look the way they do, and what scientists learn from them.
Read more in NOAO Press Release 15-08.
October 12, 2015
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.
September 30, 2015
DECaLS, T. Abbott & NOAO/AURA/NSF
DECaLS Galaxies Now in Galaxy Zoo
Classify galaxies and join the quest to unravel the history of galaxy formation! The public DECaLS survey capitalizes on the wide-field imaging capability of DECam at CTIO and is led by David Schlegel (LBNL) and Arjun Dey (NOAO).
September 21, 2015
P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF
Dark Energy Spectrometer for Kitt Peak Receives Funding Green Light
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), destined for the 4-m Mayall telescope at Kitt Peak, will chart out the role of dark energy in the expansion history of the universe. The US Department of Energy has announced its approval of Critical Decision 2 for the DESI project, authorizing its scientific scope, schedule, and funding profile. To carry out its mission, DESI will measure the redshifts of more than 30 million galaxies and quasars and create a map of the universe out to a distance of 10 billion light years.
Read more in NOAO Press Release 15-06.
September 01, 2015
John Moustakas and Kevin Napier/Siena College
The September 2015 NOAO Newsletter is online and ready to download.
On the Cover
An image from the Dark Energy Camera Legacy Survey (DECaLS), a public survey mapping 6700 square degrees, approximately one-sixth of the sky, using the Blanco 4-m telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. The image shows the interacting galaxy system UGC 12589 at a distance of 470 million light-years. The distorted morphologies and diffuse light result from the gravitational interaction between the galaxies.
Link to all previous images .