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Wed., January 17 - Smithsonian Lectures on Astronomy

The next lecture of the 2018 series is by Dr. Patrick Young of Arizona State University. His talk is entitled "Supernovae: Life and Death Among the Stars." Please join us at the Green Valley Recreation Center at 9:00am on Wednesday! The series is free and open to the public.

Smithsonian Lecture Series on Astronomy - 2018

The 48th year of this series will begin on January 10 with the first of five lectures. This series is held on Wednesdays at the Green Valley Recreation Center at 9:00am. Each lecture is 45 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer period. All lectures are free and open to the public. Click here for the dates and the list of speakers and their topics. We hope to see you there!

Observing Schedule for Jan.-April 2018

The observing schedule for January-April 2018 can be found here, along with Program Titles.

Image from Binospec Commissioning

Check out the beautiful image of the Horsehead Nebula that was obtained with grz filters on the new Binospec instrument during its November commissioning! Image courtesy of D. Fabricant and I. Chilingarian.

Upcoming Star Party!

Mark your calendars! Star parties return to the F.L. Whipple Observatory on Friday, December 15. The event will be held at the Visitors Center from 5:00-8:00pm. Details can be found here!

Revised November observing schedule

The revised November observing schedule can be found here.

Binospec Commissioning Update

Commissioning of the Binospec instrument on the telescope went well! It will continue in December, along with science program observations planned as well.

November 17 - A Night Under the Stars

F.L. Whipple Observatory brings you A Night Under the Stars on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Historic Canoa Ranch. Join Ben Weiner, MMTO staff scientist, for a presentation at 5:00pm. Stargazing will follow starting at 6:00pm (weather permitting), courtesy of the Sonora Astronomical Society. The Ranch is located south of Tucson near Green Valley, following the Canoa Ranch Dr., exit 56, off I-19. A map and more details can be found here.

Mt. Hopkins Road Travel

Expect a busy Mt. Hopkins Road for a couple of weeks! Various vehicles and staff are traveling up and down the road with the arrival and assembly of Binospec equipment. Be sure to drive carefully and use radios to announce your location on the road.

White Dwarf Mergers

Read about new developments regarding merging white dwarfs that were first discovered from observations taken at the MMTO.