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Tracing The Origins Of Rare Cosmic Explosions

Short gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are some of the most powerful and luminous cosmic explosions since the Big Bang.  Despite this, only a few of these short flashes of radiation are detected by Earth-orbiting satellites each year. Now, in a pair of new papers, astronomers have published the largest study to date of the environments and…

NSF visits LCO 

On September 28, members of the U.S. federal agency National Science Foundation (NSF) visited Las Campanas Observatory of the Carnegie Institution for Science and the site where the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMTO) is being built. The visit was led by David Osip, Deputy Director of LCO; Oscar Contreras, GMTO’s legal representative in Chile and Vice…

LCO participates in Asteroid Day Chile activities

Every June 30 has been known as International Asteroid Day since 2016. The United Nations General Assembly set this date to commemorate the impact of an asteroid in Tunguska in Siberia (Russian Federation) on June 30, 1908, and to raise awareness about the danger of asteroid impact. Last Sunday, June 26, 2022, Las Campanas Observatory,…