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DESI First Light

Professional Telescopes

Dark Energy Survey Instrument Sees First Light

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument is poised to record millions of galaxies as far back as 11 billion years ago to unveil the nature of dark energy.

Large Magellanic Cloud in X-rays

Spacecraft and Space Missions

First Light for German X-ray Telescope EROSITA

The EROSITA X-ray telescope aboard the German-Russian Spektr-RG satellite has taken its first images of the hot universe.

Thirty Meter Telescope at night

Professional Telescopes

Maunakea Observatories Shuttered Amid Protests (Update: Observatories Have Reopened)

As protests against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope continue, the directors of Maunakea Observatories have taken the unprecedented move of closing all observatories atop the mountain.

EROSITA's seven mirror modules

Spacecraft and Space Missions

German-Russian Astronomy Satellite Launches

Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma, a long-delayed and much-modified X-ray astronomy package, launched successfully from the Kazakh Steppe on Saturday.

Thirty Meter Telescope at night

People, Places, and Events

Thirty Meter Telescope Set to Begin Construction

Hawaiian Governor David Ige and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory have announced that construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope will begin the week of July 15th.

Professional Telescopes

Happy Birthday, Lowell Observatory!

One of the nation's most famous observatories turns 125 years old. Let's all wish it a Happy Birthday!

Simulation of neutron star - black hole merger

Black Holes

Gravitational-wave Detectors Come Online, Find Possible Black Hole-Neutron Star Crash

Only a month into a new observing run, gravitational-wave observatories have announced five new signals — one of which could turn out to be a black hole swallowing a neutron star.

Andromeda in ZTF field of view

Professional Telescopes

New Astro Camera Spots Thousands of Celestial Flare-ups

A vision from 70 years ago, the Zwicky Transient Facility has produced a wave of discoveries — but it’s only a hint of what’s to come.

Dunn Solar Telescope

Professional Telescopes

Sunspot Solar Observatory Reopens After Mysterious Shutdown

After a 10-day lockdown to cooperate with a criminal investigation, Sunspot Solar Observatory is back to looking at the Sun.

Arecibo Observatory radar system

Professional Telescopes

Arecibo Observatory Emerges from Storm with $6M Upgrade

The famed Arecibo Observatory has faced down several funding challenges in recent years, and a hurricane to boot, but now a new project is making the radio dish more relevant to astronomy than ever.

James Webb Space Telescope

Professional Telescopes

NASA Sets March 2021 Launch Date for James Webb Space Telescope

Despite significant cost overruns, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is now set for a March 2021 launch — assuming it receives Congressional reauthorization.

James Webb Space Telescope

Professional Telescopes

James Webb Telescope Delayed Until 2020

NASA officials announced Wednesday that the James Webb Space Telescope launch would be delayed until approximately May 2020. But before the mission can launch, its managers may have to face Congress.

James Webb Space Telescope

Professional Telescopes

James Webb Space Telescope: Additional Delays "Likely"

A non-partisan government office has issued a report warning of additional delays for the James Webb Space Telescope, which could pit the mission against its funding cap.

binary supermassive black hole

Black Holes

60-Second Astro News: Merging Black Holes, Distant Super-Supernova, and Arecibo's Fate

Supermassive black holes en route to merger have strange dynamics in their gas disks. Astronomers have spotted the most distant spectroscopically confirmed supernova. And NSF decides the fate of the Arecibo Observatory.

SkyMapper

Professional Telescopes

Explore The Southern Sky with SkyMapper

A new telescope called the SkyMapper has charted stars and galaxies across the southern sky, producing a map called "the best ever created."

Arecibo antennas in 2009

Professional Telescopes

Arecibo Observatory Weathers Funding Uncertainty

The U.S. National Science Foundation will continue to fund the iconic radio dish, though at a much-reduced level, as it seeks partners to share in the facility's operation.

Zwicky Transient Facility first light image in Orion

Professional Telescopes

Sky-sweeping Telescope Sees First Light

The Zwicky Transient Facility has taken its first image, covering an area equivalent to 247 full Moons in a single shot. This beginning is part of an ongoing sea change in astronomy.

Lunar flashes seen by NELIOTA project

Professional Telescopes

New High-End Search for Lunar Impacts

A professional observatory in Greece has begun recording flashes created when bits of interplanetary debris strike the Moon.

James Webb Space Telescope

Spacecraft and Space Missions

James Webb Space Telescope Launch Delayed til 2019

The long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope — the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope — has slipped its launch date by several months. It will now launch between March and June 2019.

Thirty Meter Telescope at night

Professional Telescopes

Hawai'i Gives Go-Ahead to Thirty Meter Telescope

After protests and a judge's ruling brought the colossal Thirty Meter Telescope project to a halt, a state panel has cleared the way for its construction atop Mauna Kea to proceed.

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