Podcaster: Rob Sparks

Title: The NEWFIRM Imager

Links: ;; @NOAONorth

Description:  Infrared astronomy has made great leaps due to improvements in detector technology. The National Optical Astronomy Observatory recognized the need for a new wide field infrared imager that would be accessible to the astronomical community. The result of this effort is the National Optical Astronomy Observatory Extremely Wide Field Infrared Imagers (NEWFIRIM). In this podcast, NEWFIRM instrument scientist Dr. Ron Probst discusses the history of the NEWFIRM imager, its construction, recent science findings and its future.

Bio: Rob Sparks is a science education specialist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and works on the Galileoscope project (, providing design, dissemination and professional development. He blogs at

Dr. Rob Probst is the Project Scientist for the NEWFIRM imager at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucso, Arizona.

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