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Asteroid is observed again inside the orbit of Venus

During sunrise on July 18-19, 2021, from the Baade telescope at Carnegie Institution for Science’s Las Campanas Observatory, Peter Senchyna (Carnegie Observatories postdoctoral researcher) and Bryce Bolin (from Caltech) observed asteroid 2020AV2. This asteroid, discovered in 2020, is the only one known to revolve around the Sun in an orbit smaller than the orbit of…

Cosmic cartographers reveal diversity of star-forming galaxies in nearby universe

A team of astronomers, including Guillermo Blanc, Head of Scientific-Technical Development at Las Campanas Observatory of the Carnegie Institution for Science, used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to complete the first census of molecular clouds in the nearby universe, revealing that contrary to previous scientific opinion, these stellar nurseries do not all look and act…

Record-Breaking Flare From Sun’s Nearest Neighbor

A team of astronomers including Carnegie’s Alycia Weinberger and former-Carnegie postdoc Meredith MacGregor, now an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, spotted an extreme outburst, or flare, from the Sun’s nearest neighbor—the star Proxima Centauri. One of the telescopes used in this research was du Pont telescope at Las Campanas Observatory. Their work,…

LCO launches its new astronomical outreach series

“Navegantes del Cielo Austral” is published on the observatory’s Youtube channel and explains about astronomy in a close and playful way. It also has interpretation in Chilean sign language and subtitles in Spanish and English. Astronomy is a science that is constantly evolving. Scientists all over the world are vehemently investigating to solve many of…

The extreme dance of three brown dwarfs

A team of astronomers has discovered three brown dwarfs that make a complete rotation about once every hour, making them the fastest rotating stars of this type known to date. One of the telescopes used to confirm the finding was Baade at Las Campanas Observatory. Brown dwarfs are “failed stars”. They form like stars but…

Celebrating Astronomy Day in an inclusive way

The activity, for aimed at visually impaired people, was carried out together with the Dedoscopio initiative and focused on telescopes and light pollution. Astronomy is a fascinating science in many aspects, one of them being its visual appeal. However, what seduces a large part of the population represents a limitation for those who cannot appreciate…

Discovered: The most distant known quasar with a bright radio emission

The Magellan Baade telescope at Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory played an important role in the discovery of the most-distant known quasar with a bright radio emission, which was announced by a Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg and European Southern Observatory-led team and published in The Astrophysical Journal. One of the fastest-growing supermassive black…