Primordial Helium Research at the Large Binocular Telescope

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New Research Shows that Short Gamma-Ray Bursts are Powered through Formation of Neutron Stars as well as Black Holes

        An artist’s impression of a gamma-ray burst powered by a neutron star. Credit: Nuria Jordana-Mitjans An international collaboration led out of the University of Bath has reported early measurements of a short-duration gamma-ray burst that challenge the standard paradigm for these phenomena. The source, GRB 180618A, was observed with space-and ground-based telescopes to […]

Red-Supergiant Supernova Images Reveal Secrets of an Earlier Universe

   The above image shows the light from the supernova behind the galaxy cluster Abell 370. Photo credit: Wenlei Chen, NASA The above image shows the light from the supernova behind the galaxy cluster Abell 370. Photo credit: Wenlei Chen, NASA A new study has measured the size of a star that exploded more than […]

Primordial Helium Research at the Large Binocular Telescope

A recent news story from Gonzaga University reports on research by Gonzaga Professor Erik Aver using the Large Binocular Telescope to study the primordial helium abundance. The work, conducted in collaboration with Richard Pogge at Ohio State University and Evan Skillman at the University of Minnesota, was recently awarded major support through a grant of […]

Dual and Lensed Active Galactic Nuclei at Sub-arcsecond Separations Revealed through HST and LBT Observations

A recent study led by Filippo Mannucci (INAF/Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri) reported observations by the Large Binocular Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope confirming candidates for multiple supermassive black holes at small angular separation. These objects, identified as active galactic nuclei based on the radiative signature of matter accreting onto the central compact object, were selected […]

LBT Observations Confirm Exoplanet Candidates Identified by Gaia

The Gaia spacecraft, designed to map the three-dimensional structure of our Galaxy, has provided a rich database of precision measurements enabling other types of science, most recently the discovery of exoplanets orbiting target stars. In a recent report by Aviad Panahi (Tel Aviv University) and collaborators, Gaia photometry was used for the first time to […]

A weird star produced the fastest nova on record

A team of users of the Large Binocular Telescope has recorded the fastest nova ever. They hope to find answers to not only the nova’s many baffling traits, but to larger questions about our solar system and the universe. Astronomers are buzzing after observing the fastest nova ever recorded. The unusual event drew scientists’ attention to an […]


An international group led by INAF researchers have confirmed that the gamma-ray burst GRB 200826A, which lasted less than two seconds – typical of short bursts – is associated with the explosion of a massive star, which is typical of long gamma-ray bursts. The study, involving also several universities and research institutes in Italy, is […]

Announcing the new Director of the Large Binocular Telescope

The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, one of the largest and most advanced optical telescopes in the world, is proud to announce the appointment of its new Director, Prof. Joseph Shields, who will assume the position effective June 06, 2022. Prof. Joseph Shields Dr. Shields is currently Vice President for Research & Creative Activity and Dean […]

Near-Earth Asteroid Might be a Lost Fragment of the Moon

 A team of UArizona-led researchers think that the near-Earth asteroid Kamo`oalewa might actually be a miniature moon. A near-Earth asteroid named Kamo`oalewa could be a fragment of our moon, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications Earth and Environment by a team of astronomers led by the University of Arizona. Kamo`oalewa is a […]