NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory Launched

NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory Launched

NSF and AURA are proud to announce the launch of integrated operations of all of NSF’s nighttime astronomical facilities under NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NSF’s OIR Lab) ...
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fuzzy image od interstellar comet

Gemini Observatory Captures Multicolor Image of First-ever Interstellar Comet

The first-ever comet from beyond our Solar System has been successfully imaged by the Gemini Observatory in multiple colors. The image of the newly discovered object, denoted C/2019 Q4(Borisov), was obtained on the night of ...
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Artist impression of planet K2-18b

NASA’s Hubble Finds Water Vapor on Habitable-Zone Exoplanet for the First Time

Its size and surface gravity are much larger than Earth's, and its radiation environment may be hostile, but a distant planet called K2-18b has captured the interest of scientists all over the world. For the ...
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saturn and its rings on a back background

Saturn’s Rings Shine in New Hubble Portrait

Anyone who has ever peered at Saturn through a small telescope is immediately enticed by its elegant rings, which make the far-flung planet one of the most exotic-looking, opulent worlds in the solar system ...
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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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