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2012 VP113 and the outer solar system

The Solar System has a new most-distant member, bringing its outer frontier into focus. New work from Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory reports the discovery of a distant dwarf planet,…


Pinpointing a distant explosion

A team of researchers including Carnegie’s Mansi Kasliwal and John Mulchaey used a novel astronomical survey software system—the intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF)—to link a new stripped-envelope supernova, named iPTF13bvn, to the star from which…


Very, very, very, very close – yet separated

A team of astronomers from three institutions has developed a new type of telescope camera that makes higher resolution images than ever before, the culmination of 20 years of effort. The team has been developing…


Even further away

A team of astronomers including Carnegie’s Daniel Kelson have set a new distance record for finding the farthest galaxy yet seen in the universe. By combining the power of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space…


Did comets open the tap on Earth or not?

It’s a long held belief – or a disputed idea if you like – that comets and  carbonaceous chondrites, a type of primitive meteorites – were the bearers of Earth’s abundant water. That is: the…