NOAO Staff on team receiving the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

(13 November 2014)

The prize, for the unexpected discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, rather than slowing as had been long assumed, is a shared honor with Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam Riess leading a collaboration of 51 total prize recipients splitting $3 million. Significant work on this project was done at the CTIO Blanco 4-meter telescope by current NOAO staff members Chris Smith and Tom Matheson, and former NOAO employees Bob Schommer, Nick Suntzeff, Mark Phillips, and Alejandro Clochiatti along with various other current and former AURA employees.

See the Breakthrough Prize Announcement

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El grupo del Staff de NOAO recibe el Premio en Física Fundamental “Breakthrough” 2015

El Premio, por el inesperado descubrimiento de que la expansión del universo se está acelerando, en vez de desacelerando como había sido asumido por largo tiempo, es un honor compartido con Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt y Adam Riess quienes lideraron una colaboración total de 51 receptores del premio, distribuyéndose los tres millones de dólares del galardón.  Un significativo trabajo en este proyecto fue hecho en el telescopio Blanco 4-m de CTIO por los actuales miembros del staff de NOAO Chris Smith y Tom Matheson y los ex-empleados de NOAO Bob Schommer, Nick Suntzeff, Mark Phillips y Alejandro Clocchiatti, en conjunto con otros tantos empleados activos y antiguos de AURA.

Vea el anuncio del Premio Breakthrough

 

The Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) is a complex of astronomical telescopes and instruments located at 30.169 S, 70.804 W, approximately 80 km to the East of La Serena, Chile, at an altitude of 2200 meters.  CTIO headquarters are located in La Serena, Chile, about 300 miles north of Santiago.

The CTIO complex is part of the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), along with the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) in Tucson, Arizona.  NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF).  CTIO, as part of the AURA Observatory in Chile, operates in Chile under Chilean law, through an Agreement with the University of Chile and with the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile.

The principal telescopes on site are the 4-m Victor M. Blanco Telescope and the 4.1-m Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) telescope.  One of the two 8-m telescopes comprising the Gemini Observatory is co-located with CTIO on AURA property in Chile, together with more than 10 other telescopes and astronomical projects.