News

Read the latest news from Great Basin National Park Foundation and Great Basin Observatory.

GBO open to the night sky
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Event

The first ever GBO Starfest will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno on October 13 & 14, 2018. Researchers will gain a better understanding of how to operate GBO technology and strategize research projects for the coming year.

Please click on the photo for the complete agenda.

Great Basin Observatory (GBO) Starfest I – 2018 Symposium  

Reno, Nevada

Hosted By: University of Nevada, Reno

Fall 2018

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Event

The Great Basin National Park Foundation celebrated two successful years of GBO operation with events at Great Basin National Park in August. Five hundred people had contact with Foundation staff and volunteers during three events, which included a Star Train ride, GBO scientist Astronomy Talk, and GBO birthday cake! 

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Science Update

Multiple star systems are scientifically interesting for several reasons. Orbital pairs can be used to measure the masses of the component stars, which is useful for developing a greater understanding of the stellar life cycle. Identifying whether the stars are gravitationally bound is the first step towards determining the mass of the component stars.

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Science Update

Researchers at Concordia University Irvine used the Great Basin Observatory to study a binary star system using AstroImageJ software. Twenty observations were measured and analyzed.

Download and read the full article below, published in the Journal of Double Star Observations.

 

Photo courtesy of Paul Gardner and Plane Wave Instruments
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Science Update

For the first time, a research-quality astronomical observatory has been established in a U.S. National Park, and CUI's efforts were crucial to making it happen.

CBS Sunday Morning - On the Trail: The Brilliance of the Night Sky (with Annie Gilliland)
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/on-the-trail-the-brilliance-of-the-night-sky/ 

CBS Sunday Morning - video shots of the Park
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/nature-great-basin-national-park/

Great Basin National Park has many superlatives: the oldest trees, most decorated caves, diverse wildlife, and the darkest night skies. This time lapse film was created in honor of the Park's 30th anniversary in 2016.