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LCO joins “Cielos del Sur”

This series, published on Youtube, teaches and explains about astronomical objects visible at night from the southern hemisphere, in a certain month. Chile is recognized worldwide for its dark skies and its great potential for astronomical development. This is due to the unique combination of climatic and geographic conditions that exist in the north of…

Hot stars are plagued by giant magnetic spots

Astronomers using European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescopes have discovered giant spots on the surface of extremely hot stars hidden in stellar clusters. Not only are these stars plagued by magnetic spots, some also experience superflare events, explosions of energy several million times more energetic than similar eruptions on the Sun. The findings, published today in…

Lyman Alpha Emitters Workshop and LAGER Meeting: CANCELLED

Rationale Lyman alpha emission is a prominent signpost of the most actively star forming galaxies. Which galaxies can be found by Lyman alpha emission is determined by Lyman alpha production and escape, which are both interesting and challenging to understand in detail.  Moreover, because of its strong interaction with neutral hydrogen, Lyman alpha affords a…

Found: “Poster child” for being shredded by a black hole

Pasadena, CA—NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has for the first time seen the aftermath of a star that was violently ripped apart by a supermassive black hole. Catching such a rare event in action will help astronomers understand these mysterious phenomena. The observation is reported in The Astrophysical Journal by a team of astronomers led by…

Las Campanas astronomers take on light pollution

Washington, DC—A group of astronomers from Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory including Mark Phillips and Guillermo Blanc, along with Miguel Roth from the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, presented the case against light pollution to Chilean authorities earlier this month. Combating light pollution is not about demanding complete darkness, it is about illuminating human spaces well, Blanc…