Wyoming Infrared Observatory
Wyoming Infrared Observatory dome
|Organization||University of Wyoming|
|Location||near Laramie, Wyoming|
|Altitude||2,943 meters (9,656 ft)|
|Website||Wyoming Infrared Observatory|
The Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO) is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the University of Wyoming. It is located 40 kilometers (25 mi) southwest of Laramie, Wyoming (USA) on Jelm Mountain. It was founded in 1975, and observations began at the site in 1977. Recent research performed at WIRO includes searching for runaway stars, monitoring short-term variations in blazars, and monitoring massive binary stars.
The 2.3 m (91 in) WIRO telescope is a classical Cassegrain reflector optimized for infrared observing. The secondary mirror can be "wobbled" under computer control to allow for rapid sampling of adjacent areas of the sky.
Two instruments are available for use:
- WIRO-Prime, a 2048x2048 charge coupled device (CCD) imaging camera mounted at the prime focus.
- WIRO-Long Slit, a low resolution, high efficiency long slit spectrograph.
- "University of Wyoming Infrared Observatory". University of Wyoming Infrared Observatory. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
- Gilbert, I. J.; Kobulnicky, H. A.; Kiminki, D. C. (January 2009). "The Discovery of Several Probable Runaway Stars in the Cygnus X Region". American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #213. Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. American Astronomical Society. 41: 442.19. Bibcode:2009AAS...21344219G.
- Fox, O. D.; Kutyrev, A. S.; Bonnell, J. T.; Norris, J. P.; Klein, C. R.; Bloom, J. S. (January 2011). "Comparing The Temporal Evolution Of NIR And Fermi/LAT Observations Of Blazars". American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #217. Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. American Astronomical Society. 43: 142.49. Bibcode:2011AAS...21714249F.
- Kiminki, D. C. (2010). "Massive binary stars as a probe of massive star formation". University of Wyoming: 135. Bibcode:2010PhDT.......135K.
- "WIRO-Prime Optical Imager". University of Wyoming Infrared Observatory. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
- "WIRO Long Slit Spectrograph". University of Wyoming Infrared Observatory. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
- Homepage for the University of Wyoming 2.3-meter Telescope (WIRO)
- Clear Sky Clock for WIRO: forecasts of observing conditions.
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