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A Stellar Evening at the UW Planetarium

June 18, 2024 | Nikolina Horvat

Last Wednesday, on June 12, 2024, the UW planetarium became the epicenter of excitement and discovery, DiRAC hosted an event that left attendees starry-eyed and inspired. The evening was filled with captivating presentations about current and anticipated discoveries with the Vera C. Rubin Observatory which is currently in the last phase of the construction in […]

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Announcing the 2024 Summer Research Prize Winners

June 10, 2024 | James Davenport, DiRAC

I am so excited to announce our 2024 cohort of Summer Research Prize winners, whose work spans a wide range of astrophysics!

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Huge Survey vs. Tiny Space Junk

June 3, 2024 | AAS Nova

As construction continues on the Vera Rubin Observatory, the skies above its mountaintop home grow more and more crowded following every rocket launch. Astronomers, conscious of the plans for mega-constellations of new satellites in the next few years, are rightfully worried: will these satellites and the tiny bits of debris that come with every deployment […]

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Lucy in the Sky with Debris

May 31, 2024 |

Earlier this year, DiRAC Fellows Meredith Rawls, Dino Bektešević, and Colin Orion Chandler contributed interviews and satellite-streaked telescope images to an interdisciplinary research and visual art project on the visibility of orbital debris by artist Isabella Ong and curator Seet Yun Teng. The project included an exhibition during April 2024 in Singapore. Isabella originally reached […]

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LSST Camera Arrives at Rubin Observatory in Chile, Paving the Way for Cosmic Exploration

May 22, 2024 | Rubin Observatory News

The largest camera ever built for astrophysics has completed the long journey from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California to the summit of Cerro Pachón in Chile, where it will soon help unlock the Universe’s mysteries

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