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NASA launches new telescope to solve sun heat mystery

It’s not usually a good idea to stare at the sun – unless you’re a $181-million telescope, that is. NASA’s Interface Region Imaging …

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How To Find, Choose And Buy Your First Telescope Kindle Edition

Astronomy is an exciting hobby, enjoyed by millions of people and families all over the world. Keith Nichols has been an amateur astronomer for over …

Telescope Innovator Shines His Genius On New Fields

You may not be familiar with the name Roger Angel, but if there were ever a scientist with a creative streak a mile wide, it would be he.<p>Angel is an astronomer. He's famous for developing an entirely new way of making really large, incredibly precise telescope mirrors. But his creativity doesn't …

Stargazing live – with some help from robot telescopes

"Get out and look at the stars!" is the annual call of the BBC's Stargazing Live, but if the sky is overcast you could do something even more …

How to Photograph the Moon Through a Telescope

While you can take good pictures of the moon with a normal camera lens, a lens longer than 300mm will help you fill the frame with the moon. However, …

Amateur uses the Hubble Space Telescope to produce the most beautiful galaxy photograph ever

Astronomy Without a Telescope Returns as E-Book: Win a Copy!

Longtime readers of Universe Today will remember the series “Astronomy Without a Telescope” written by the witty Steve Nerlich, who also mans the …

Secret spy telescopes' new role: helping Nasa hunt for life beyond solar system

Officials at Nasa have been given an unexpected gift by American spy chiefs: a pair of space telescopes, each as large as the Hubble observatory.<p>The …

Space shuttle Endeavour makes final journey through streets of LA

After 25 missions amounting to nearly a year in space and a total of 4,671 orbits, the space shuttle Endeavour has come down to earth for its latest …

Pluto Gives Astronomers the Finger as They Announce Tiniest Planet Ever Discovered

If I were Pluto, I would be really pissed off with the astronomers that just announced the tiniest planet ever discovered. It's a new planetary …

These Tiny Telescopes Could Save the Earth from a Deep Impact

A 50-foot wide, 10,000-ton meteor that packs triple the force of the nuke dropped on Hiroshima is nothing to scoff at. But in the grand scheme of …

NASA Designs New Space Telescope Optics to Directly Image Exoplanets and detect biosignatures

Although hundreds of planets orbiting other stars have been discovered in the past 15 years, we cannot yet answer the age-old question of whether any …

'Very Large Telescope' Captures 1st Proto-Planet Candidate--"A Key to Our Cosmic Origins"

The protoplanet candidate orbits about 70 times further from its star than the Earth does from the Sun. This distance is comparable to the size of …

NASA Space Telescopes See Weather Patterns in Brown Dwarf

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have probed the stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf named 2MASSJ22282889-431026, creating …

Jupiter Explosion Spotted by Amateur Astronomers

"I observed an explosion on Jupiter this morning!"<p><b>Early Monday morning U.S. amateur astronomers spotted a bright light squiggling across the upper cloud deck of</b> <b>Jupiter. Both assumed they'd witnessed a large meteor or comet impact, and so far, professional astronomers seem to agree.</b><p>NASA's Amy Simon …

First James Webb telescope mirrors delivered to Nasa

<b>The first two components of the huge mirror set to fly on the US James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have been delivered to Nasa.</b><p>James Webb - regarded as the successor to Hubble - is due to launch in 2018.<p>After they have been checked, the hexagonal mirror components will be stored until engineers are …

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In our sights: an extremely large telescope

A £1bn telescope under construction in the Chilean Andes is designed to capture the very earliest moments of the universe and will revolutionise …

'First Light' Image for Telescope on the International Space Station

As we reported in January, a new telescope was installed on the International Space Station – not to observe the stars, but instead look back to …

NASA kick-starting lunar science

At the Lunar Science Institute in Silicon Valley, the space agency is conducting and funding the research that will help make it possible to bring man back to the moon.<p>MOFFETT FIELD, Calif.--If you're in the planning stages of sending people back to the moon, as NASA is, you'd better know as much …

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'Space Invader' Galaxy Spied By NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (PHOTO)

By: Clara Moskowitz<p>Published: 03/05/2013 11:22 AM EST on SPACE.com<p>Anyone who played the classic 1970s computer game "Space Invaders" may recognize the titular aliens in the form of a strange-looking distant galaxy spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope.<p>The galaxy's image has been stretched and …

First Light: When the World's Greatest Telescopes Opened Their Eyes

Every telescope has that special moment when it first opens its eyes to the universe. Astronomers call it "first light." These are the first pictures by the great telescopes of the world.<p>Some telescopes stare at the sun while other gaze at different galaxies. Some observe in visible light while …

While Hubble provides views of deep space, it doesn’t magnify distant stars, alien planets and galaxies. Instead, it collects more light than the …

This Is What It’s Like to Stand Under NASA’s Webb Telescope

AUSTIN — After decades of service, NASA’s Hubble telescope has told us much about the universe, but as NASA and partner Northrop Grumman tell it, the …

NASA to help build telescope that will study Universe’s dark past | Ars Technica

NASA has joined ESA's mission to photograph two billion galaxies.<p>NASA is joining forces with the European Space Agency to launch a telescope into …

Earth's Smallest Space Telescopes Launching Monday

Two tiny satellites billed as the world's smallest space telescopes will launch into orbit Monday (Feb. 25) on a mission to study the brightest stars …

Buying Your First Telescope, A Guide for Beginner Astrophotographers

Photography is an expensive hobby as it is, but if you’re interested in astrophotography, you’re looking at adding at least one more item to your …