Remote observing at Mount Wilson

Normally, toward the end of the semester, Glendale Community College Professor Jenny Krestow would be taking her astronomy students to Mount Wilson Observatory for a session with the historic 60-inch telescope. Unfortunately, the pandemic and Bobcat fire made that impossible. So instead, on the...

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

Pasadena, CA— 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 Heide

Letter from the Director: December 2020

Dear Friends, I hope you are safe and well. As this year comes to a close, I reflect on the challenges of 2020 and how proud I am of the Observatories’ staff for adjusting to these strange times. Despite all of the hurdles created by the pandemic, we have managed to accomplish great science and...

Postdoc Spotlight: Lauren Anderson

What questions are you pursuing in your career? My main focus is centered around building complex but scalable generative models of astronomical data. In statistics, generative models can basically be described as those that include the distribution of the data and can generate new data instances...

Remote observing at Las Campanas

From Carol Rojas Diaz, Communications and Outreach Officer at Las Campanas Observatory English: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated Las Campanas Observatory's (LCO) progress toward remote observation operations, moving us from a classical observatory to one with an expanded community. This...

After the fire: An update from Mt. Wilson

On September 6, 2020, the Bobcat Fire started in the San Gabriel Mountains. Within a week, it had burned about 38,000 acres and was soon threatening the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, which is home to the historic telescopes Edwin Hubble used to prove the existence of other galaxies and the...

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