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Stony Brook joins the Simons Observatory  

Stony Brook University has joined the Simons Observatory as a partner institution. The Simons Observatory will be a series of telescopes to collect photons from the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the most ancient light in the universe. The CMB is the relic radiation that began propagating freely shortly after the big bang, nearly 14 billion years ago. Studying these primordial photons will enable Prof. Neelima Sehgal and the Stony Brook Astronomy faculty to answer questions in subjects ranging from cosmology and fundamental physics to the astrophysics of distant objects.

The Simons Observatory will be located in the high Atacama Desert in Northern Chile inside the Chajnantor Science Preserve. At 5,200 meters (17,000 ft) the site hosts some of the highest telescopes in the world. The Simons Observatory will add to these several new telescopes and new cameras with state of the art detector arrays. The result will set the stage for the next generation of CMB experiments. For more details see the video here .


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