Finding Earth-sized planets around other stars is a very exciting area of astronomical research. Recently a team lead by Dr. Katie Lester followed up data from the TESS satellite using the International Gemini Observatory and the WIYN 3.5 meter telescope at Kitt Peak. They found that we may be missing many Earth-sized worlds orbiting binary stars. This podcast explores how they reached this interesting conclusion and how we may go about finding these worlds in the future.
Xiaohui Fan discusses the discovery of the most distant supermassive black hole and quasar discovery and what we can learn from these objects about the early history of the universe.
The first total lunar eclipse in over 2 years will take place on May 26th. This total lunar eclipse will be visible from all three of NOIRLab’s sites with different viewing conditions. In this podcast, learn about how and when you can observe this exciting celestial event!
Two of NOIRLabAstro program: Journey Through the Universe and AstroDay Chile had to adapt and become virtual events. Learn about this programs and hear what the future may hold!
Extrasolar planet research is a hot topic in astronomy. Astronomers are continually trying to build new instruments to measure the properties of planets orbiting other stars. One new instrument is called MAROON-X on the Gemini North Telescope in Hawai’i.
The Dark Energy Survey has released a massive, public collection of astronomical data and calibrated images from six years of work, containing data on nearly 700 million astronomical objects.