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Unlocking the universe from the Atacama desert

Timing is everything. I’m in the daily 3 pm planning meeting at the Observation Support Facility (OSF), and the talk is all about missing nanoseconds. One thousand millionth of a second. Even light can travel only 30 cm in a nanosecond. On the wall, a large screen shows live images of 20 white radio antennas, […] … learn more→

\’Darkest\’ world enlightens astronomers about mysterious light-gobbling planet

A giant Jupiter-like gas planet has been revealed to be the most light-thirsty object in the known universe — a finding that may help astronomers better understand a mysterious characteristic of similar planets found outside our solar system. Recent analysis on a planet dubbed TrES-2b has found that it probably absorbs 99.9 percent of the […] … learn more→