15th Annual Open House a Success!

On Sunday, October 16th we held the 15th annual open house at our Santa Barbara St. campus. With the help of over 50 volunteers from Carnegie, GMTO, Caltech and JPL, we hosted a variety of displays and family-friendly activities and welcomed more than 600 guests from 2pm to 5pm that afternoon. This...

Las Campanas Observations: Summer Solstice 2016

A wonderful spring changing to summer. Our desire for clear skies sent out with the last newsletter was rewarded with a spring season that suffered weather losses totalling only 7 nights out of the past 91. Days have also been clear and beautiful as shown below. As spring turns to summer in the...

Astronomy Battle Royale: Anthony Piro wins Scialog award

Anthony Piro, Hale Scholar in Theoretical Astrophysics at the Carnegie Observatories, won one of seven 2016 Scialog awards after three days of discussion, collaboration, and competition at a unique conference in Tucson, Arizona. The award was for a collaborative project that includes numerical...

Summer Student Program Expanded

Gathering for a photograph after the symposium where each student presented their research: [L-R] Dr. Gwen Rudie, Sandy Moak (Pasadena City College), Haley Fica (Barnard College), Nick Diao (Pomona College), Greta Zhong (Pomona College), Mason MacDougall (Caltech), Zoey Flynn (Caltech), and Sal Fu...

Las Campanas Observations: Spring Equinox 2016

The above photos were taken one day apart in October 2015, showing an incredible spring display of wildflowers near the Magellan enclosures, and the blanket of snow that covered the observatory the next morning. (Photo credit: Mark Phillips) As visiting astronomers will surely attest, the weather...

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