Jan 8

Galactic Center Illuminates Cerro Tololo’s Blanco 4-Meter Telescope — IOTW2002

Credit: NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory/CTIO/AURA/D. Munizaga

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iotw2002a – Galactic Center Illuminates Cerro Tololo’s Blanco 4-Meter Telescope

The Milky Way arches high over the Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile. The Blanco 4-meter telescope began operating in 1976, providing astronomers with a world-class observatory in the southern hemisphere, and it continues to produce cutting-edge science. The Blanco is currently equipped with the Dark Energy Camera (DECam), a state-of-the-art 500-megapixel camera which completed the five-year Dark Energy Survey in early 2019. DECam continues with an expanded mission and is providing astronomers with a powerful tool for studying dark energy, exoplanets and more.

Credit: NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory/CTIO/AURA/D. Munizaga

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The Milky Way arches high over the Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile. The Blanco 4-meter telescope began operating in 1976, providing astronomers with a world-class observatory in the southern hemisphere, and it continues to produce cutting-edge science. The Blanco is currently equipped with the Dark Energy Camera (DECam), a state-of-the-art 500-megapixel camera which completed the five-year Dark Energy Survey in early 2019. DECam continues with an expanded mission and is providing astronomers with a powerful tool for studying dark energy, exoplanets and more.

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