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  • NU HER (Nu Herculis)

    To the east of Delta Herculis are Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, and Omicron Her, fourth magnitude Nu and Lambda tied for faintest at 4.41, following which we bounce back to Pi Her in the Keystone at 3.16. Of much more interest, Nu Her is at the northwest corner of a small box formed also by Xi (southwest corner), Omicron (southeast), and 99 Her(northeast)and that contains the "Apex of the Sun's Way". ... Full Details



  • Dark Energy Survey kicks off second season cataloging the wonders of deep space

    The Dark Energy Survey began its second year on August 15, after a successful first year. The hundreds of thousands of individual images of the sky taken during the first season are being analyzed by thousands of computers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The processed data will also be released in coming months. ... Full Details

  • Hubble Finds Star System Linked to Possible 'Zombie Star' Supernova

    After decades of searching, astronomers have found for the first time ever the progenitor of a white dwarf supernova. The stellar explosion is located 110 million light years away from Earth. Assistant Professor Ryan Foley co-authored the article that appears in the August 7 issue of Nature ... Full Details

  • FUIO Newsletter Issue #8

    The Summer Solstice 2014 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published. Since the last newsletter we continue progressing toward our goal of $20,000. Thus far we are over 75% of the way there! Thank you for your continued support. The latest issue include articles on Teaching Excellence, the 60th Anniversary of the UIAS Anniversary, and the VRO Log Cabin. ... Full Details

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