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SPHEREx MIDEX Mission Approved: Krause and Eifler Are Team Members

On Feb 13 NASA announced the selection of a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy’s planetary systems. The SPHEREx mission (Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer) is a planned two-year endeavor funded at $242 million (not including launch costs) and targeted to launch in 2023. SPHEREx will survey the sky in optical as well as near-infrared light and serve as a powerful tool...

50th Anniversary of the Discovery of Optical Pulsations of the Crab Nebula Pulsar

The optical pulsations of the Crab Nebula Pulsar were discovered 50 years ago by Stewardites John Cocke, Mike Disney and Don Taylor using the Steward 36" telescope on Kitt Peak. On Jan 14  (the link is a blowup of the picture) we celebrated the anniversary, bringing John Cocke to Tucson to talk about what happened in 1969, and having Feryal Ozel give a more current perspective. A link to the podcast is HERE.

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