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Online talks by LCO

On Thursday, August 13, Las Campanas Observatory’s cycle of online talks began, which will feature top-level speakers, all of whom are part of the observatory’s staff. These talks will deal with various topics related to astronomy, technology, engineering and daily life at LCO. All the talks will be transmitted live through the Youtube channel of…

Scientific Institutions Launch “Inclusive Astronomy Stories”

In August, the ten-episode online series began, broadcast live on popular digital platforms, with a Chilean sign language interpreter. Through “Stories of Inclusive Astronomy,” different specialists and professionals in the field of science and astronomy, teachers, students, and people with disabilities will tell their experiences promoting Inclusive Astronomy in Chile and the world. The connected…

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…

Astronomers Find Young Brown Dwarf with Circumstellar Disk

W1200-7845 was discovered through Disk Detective, a citizen science project funded by NASA and hosted by Zooniverse that provides images of objects in space for the public to classify, with the aim of picking out objects that are likely stars with disks that could potentially host planets. Citizen scientists can look through ‘flipbooks’ —images 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…

Astronomers Watch Faraway Star System Evolve

A young planet located 150 light-years away has given UNSW Sydney astrophysicists a rare chance to study a planetary system in the making. The findings, recently published in The Astronomical Journal, suggest that the planet DS Tuc Ab — which orbits a star in a binary system — formed without being heavily impacted by the gravitational…

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…