SimonsObservatory

$40 Million Grant Establishes Simons Observatory, a New Investigation into the Formation of the Early Universe

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The Simons Foundation has awarded a $38.4 million grant to establish the Simons Observatory, a new astronomy facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert that will merge and expand existing efforts to explore the evolution of the universe from its earliest moments to today. An additional $1.7 million of support is being provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation. The project is a collaboration among Princeton University, The University of California at San Diego, The University of California at Berkeley, The University of Pennsylvania, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, all of which are also providing financial support. Read More...

on 20th April 2016

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Galactic Plane

The Galactic Plane rising out of the ACT telescope. (Photo: Jon Ward)

on 20th April 2016

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POLARBEAR

POLARBEAR is a Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) polarization experiment targeted at measuring both the signature of gravitational lensing at arcminute scales and the signature of cosmic inflation at degree scales. POLARBEAR has been observing from the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile since 2011.

on 20th April 2016

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The ACT Telescope

The ACT telescope. The 6 meter diameter telescope has a ground screen that moves with the telescope as well as a large fixed ground screen. The volcano Licancabur (19,423’) is in the background. (Photo: Mark Devlin)

on 20th April 2016