Artist’s concept of the SN 2016iet pair-instability supernova. Credit: Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA/ illustration by Joy Pollard

Gemini: Total Annihilation for Supermassive Stars

A renegade star exploding in a distant galaxy has forced astronomers to set aside decades of research and focus on a new breed of supernova that can utterly annihilate its parent star — leaving no ...
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SOAR telescope (left) and Gemini Observatory (right)

NOAO: Automated Observing Network Inaugurated at SOAR Telescope

Supernovae, neutron star mergers, black holes at the center of galaxies, erupting young stars — these are all examples of objects in the night sky that change their brightness over time. In the coming years, ...
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Artist impression og experiment

Gemini: Cosmic Cat and Mouse: Astronomers Capture and Tag a Fleeting Radio Burst

Gemini Observatory provides critical observations that confirm the distance to a mysterious, very short-lived, radio outburst from a galaxy billions of light years away ...
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2 composite views of Jupiter's moon Europa

STScI: Table Salt Compound Spotted on Europa

Finding common table salt — sodium chloride — on the surface of a moon is more than just a scientific curiosity when that moon is Europa, a potential abode of life ...
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Solar corona during a total solar eclipse

A Stroke of Astronomical Luck for Solar Science

On July 2, 2019 a total solar eclipse will pass over Chile and Argentina, and through a stroke of astronomical luck, the path of totality crosses directly over the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Cerro Tololo ...
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Students participating in Eddington experiment

NOAO: Commemorating 100 years of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity

Team of University of La Serena students to recreate the Eddington Experiment that proved Einstein right ...
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