Apr 032012
 
April 3, 2012 - New Paper Discusses MROI's Potential For Imaging Circumstellar Disks and Planets

  MROI project scientist, Dr. M. Creech-Eakman, is a co-author of a paper, Circumstellar disks and planets. Science cases for next-generation optical/infrared long-baseline interferometers which will appear shortly in the “Astronomy and Astrophysics Review”. The paper details how current optical and infrared interferometers can contribute to theoretical issues associated with the formation and evolution of stars and planets. The data obtained from the interferometers will also help to discriminate among competing models of the processes involved in the evolutionary processes. The paper also details how this work will complement studies taking place at other facilities, such as ALMA and JWST, over the […]

Mar 292012
 
March 29, 2012 - Annular Eclipse May 20, 2012

On May 20, 2012, a swath of the midsection of the Western US (and also the Pacific Ocean and Asia) will experience an annular solar eclipse. At 10,600 feet above sea level, the Magdalena Ridge Observatory has one of the best astronomical seeing conditions of any observatory in the United States so, weather permitting, we should be able to enjoy one of the best views of the of the eclipse possible in the entire country. Solar eclipses, whether total or annular, occur when the Moon passes directly between the Sun and the Earth casting its shadow on the Earth. Not […]

Mar 202012
 
March 12, 2012 - MRO Undergraduate Intern Kelsey Miller Accepted Into A Prestigious Ph.D. Program

New Mexico Tech undergraduate student,  Kelsey Miller was recently accepted into the Ph.D. program at the College of Optics Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Ms. Miller came to New Mexico Tech as an Astrophysics major at the Physics Department in August 2008 and joined MRO in September 2011. She was a recipient of the NMT Silver Scholarship and is due to finish her B.S. in May 2012. While at MRO Ms. Miller worked on modeling an aberrated atmosphere in ZEMAX and analyzing the output in Matlab. Her results will help inform the design of the MRO countinuous alignment system, BEASST (Back End Active Stabilization […]

Mar 202012
 

Design work has now commenced on the MRO Visitor Center & Maintenance Facility. URS Corporation  and SMPC Architects will provide the engineering and architectural design services. With approval from NM-DOT, a contract was signed and a kick-off meeting took place on Monday, February 13th. This was followed by a site visit and conceptual design workshop at the MRO Offices on the New Mexico Tech campus on February 16th. The MRO Visitor Center & Maintenance Facility will be located at the observatory site in the Magdalena Mountains. The building will be approximately 5500 square feet with both public spaces for visitors to the research site as well as storage and maintenance space for the observatory’s heavy equipment […]