Blue Straggler Secret Revealed by Hubble

UW Astronomers show that mysterious blue straggler stars form through mass transfer in binary systems by identifying white dwarf "corpses" of former companion stars with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Feb.27.2014 | Continue Reading »

MaNGA Commissioning Underway

The first set of 17 IFUs for the Sloan IV MaNGA Survey has been installed at APO and commissioning is now underway. The IFUs were designed and tested at Washburn Labs under the leadership of Matt Bershady.

Feb.05.2014 | Continue Reading »

Blast From Past Dates Youngest Known Neutron Star Binary

UW-Madison Professor Sebastian Heinz and his team report the discovery of a new supernova remnant, showing that it hosts the youngest known X-ray binary.

Dec.05.2013 | Continue Reading »

Star Tracker Catches Comet ISON

Watch this video of the Washburn Labs built Star Tracker 5000 delivering another flawless performance on a sounding rocket flight to observe comet ISON.

Nov.26.2013 | Continue Reading »

First Light for Two New WIYN Instruments

Congratulations to Washburn Labs on a world premiere: the flawless delivery, installation, and inauguration of the first ever adaptive fiber IFUs for the WIYN telescope.

Nov.15.2013 | Continue Reading »

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