Artist conception of Neptune moon Hippocamp

STScI: Tiny Neptune Moon Spotted by Hubble May Have Broken from Larger Moon

After several years of analysis, a team of planetary scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has at last come up with an explanation for a mysterious moon around Neptune that they discovered with Hubble in ...
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NOAO: Citizen Scientists Invited to Join Quest for New Worlds

The Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project re-launches this week, with a call to volunteer citizen scientists to join the search for cold worlds near the Sun ...
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illustration of the regions of the black hole

Gemini: Bubble Blowing Black Hole Jet’s Impact on Galactic Evolution

Astronomers using adaptive optics on the 8-meter Gemini North telescope have resolved, for the first time in near-infrared light, a giant elliptical galaxy with a young radio jet down to unprecedented scales ...
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NOAO: Unusual Supernova Opens a Rare Window on the Collapse of a Star

An unusual supernova studied by multiple telescopes, including the SOAR telescope and other telescopes at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) and NSF’s Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), is thought to ...
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facilities that used the illustrated lensing mode to find the quasar

Gemini: Cosmic Telescope Zooms in on the Beginning of Time

Observations from Gemini Observatory identify a key fingerprint of an extremely distant quasar, allowing astronomers to sample light emitted from the dawn of time. Astronomers happened upon this deep glimpse into space and time thanks ...
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NOAO: A Survey Machine and a Data Trove – Dark Energy Survey’s Rich Legacy

On the night of 9 January 2019, the V. M. Blanco 4-meter telescope at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), high in the mountains of Chile, will close the camera’s shutter ...
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