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The last 5 images that have appeared on the NOAO Home Page.

May 18, 2016

Image Credit: R. Kuhn & Vanderbilt University/SAAO

Puffy Giant Planet Discovered by KELT-S Transit Survey

Transiting planets orbiting bright stars provide a golden opportunity to learn about the nature of exoplanets, their composition and origin. KELT-S, a robotic survey of the southern sky that is designed to detect transiting planets orbiting bright stars, reports its first discovery: a highly inflated giant planet. The planet, KELT-10b, is an attractive target for future studies aimed at characterizing planetary atmospheres. NOAO astronomer David James is a founding member of the survey.

March 29, 2016

Image Credit: M. Hanna & NOAO/AURA/NSF

NASA Selects Team to Build a Planet-finding Spectrometer for WIYN

A Penn State research group led by Dr. Suvrath Mahadevan will build an extreme precision radial velocity spectrometer to detect and characterize worlds beyond our solar system.

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March 23, 2016

Image Credit: P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF; Inset: Tim Miller, LBL

A new pair of lenses for the Mayall

To be deployed as part of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument project, the lenses, which weigh a quarter ton, will help us see the effect of dark energy on the expansion history of the universe.

Read more in Symmetry Magazine.

February 11, 2016

Credit: SXS, LIGO Laboratory and T. Abbot & NOAO/AURA/NSF

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

Ripples in the fabric of spacetime produced by two merging black holes were detected by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO; top inset). The announcement comes 100 years after Albert Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves and signals the opening of the gravitational wave Universe. The wide-field imaging capability of DECam at CTIO (bottom inset) was used to search for the optical counterpart of the gravitational wave event.

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February 04, 2016

Credit: T. Hurteau, Yale, P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF

After quick makeover, KPNO camera sees redder better

The Mosaic-3 camera, mounted on the 4-m Mayall, is on a two-year mission to image the sky in preparation for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument. Now equipped with cutting-edge, red-sensitive charge-coupled devices (CCDs, top inset image) and new mechanical components (including the focal plate; bottom inset image), Mosaic-3 is the product of a small collaboration of scientists and engineers at Berkeley Lab, Yale University, and NOAO.

Read more in the Berkeley Lab Press Release.

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