Observatory News

Antarctic Site Dome A Promises to Open a New Window on the Cosmos

December 13, 2016

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Antarctic Site Promises to Open a New Window on the Cosmos

Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics are eyeing a new location to study the universe at little-explored terahertz radio frequencies. Antarctica might be one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet, but it is a mecca for astronomers. Its cold, dry air enables observations that can’t be done elsewhere on Earth. The South […]

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Hawaiian Solar Observatory Granted Construction Permit

November 15, 2012

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The world’s largest solar telescope will finally be built atop Haleakala, the dormant volcano that is the highest peak on the island of Maui. Last week, Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources issued a construction permit for the 4-meter Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST). Its 43.5-meter tall enclosure will tower over the other astronomical […]

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Spacecraft to Explore Supermassive Black Holes at Center of Galaxies

March 14, 2012

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By the standards of space-based astronomy, NASA’s new NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) telescope that will be launched later this month has a modest budget of $165 million. However, it and XMM-Newton will try to probe the insides of the supermassive black holes hidden inside of galaxies. Both space-based telescopes are sensitive to high-energy photons […]

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Inclined Orbit to Improve Space Telescope Sensitivity

March 12, 2012

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Dust and light from the zodiacal cloud in our solar system interferes with infrared, optical and ultraviolet observations. By placing a space telescope on an inclined orbit, scientists have found a cost effective way to reduce this unwanted illumination and can improve telescope sensitivity by a factor of two in the near-ultraviolet and by 13 […]

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New Herschel Space Observatory Image Shows Magellanic Cloud Galaxy

January 10, 2012

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New Herschel Space Observatory Image Shows Magellanic Cloud Galaxy

A European Space Agency-led mission in combination with the Herschel Space Observatory and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope reveal new images of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. The images show the dust of the two biggest nearby satellite galaxies with noticeably significant fields of star formation evident. PASADENA, Calif. – The cold dust that builds […]

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