SimonsObservatory

Welcome to Simons Observatory, a New Investigation into the Formation of the Early Universe

The Simons Observatory is 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. The project, which draws collaborators from 30 institutions worldwide, was made possible by awards from Simons Foundation and Heising-Simons Foundation. You can read more about these awards here.

The Simons Foundation made the wonderful video below showcasing the enthusiasm of Simons Observatory collaborators during this exiting time in experimental cosmology. (Click the image of the telescope to play the video.)

on 15th March 2017

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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