We may take the complexity of our eyes for granted, but astronomers do not. Interferometry is a technique that uses a number of telescopes together to provide a more accurate picture of the heavens than a single telescope can provide.
Making a telescope at home can be a great learning experience and is tons of fun. Whether you’re a solo amateur astronomer or you’re looking for a great project to do with your kids, you can build a simple telescope with some basic materials in no time.
NASA has yet another remarkable satellite mission–the WISE mission is launched on December 14. The $300 million venture, WISE is an infrared telescope designed to detect objects and phenomenon visible light telescopes cannot.
Would you like to share your enthusiasm for studying the cosmos with others? Star gazing parties are happening all over the world and they’re a great place to observe the sky, play games and meet neophyte astronomers and the pro’s alike! Who ever said science lovers are boring?
The idea of hunting for asteroids inspires images of a massive boulder hurtling on a destructive path towards Earth, ready to display its terrifying power and wipe out humankind in the same way the dinosaurs met their end. But you can take part in the hunt for these minor planets with major force!
The largest single-aperture optical telescope telescope designed to study black holes and early big bang cosmology. Built with funds from Spain, Mexico, and the University of Florida, it is situated in the Canary Islands.
Radio astronomy has its star telescopes, just as astronomy in visible wavelengths has the Keck Observatory, the Large Binocular Telescope, or the Hubble Space Telescope to carry its banner. If you’ve seen “Contact” and remember the Very Large Array, but there’s more to radio astronomy than that!
There are large telescopes, and then there are extremely large telescopes. The ELT promises to be larger than any other terrestrial telescope in existence with an incredible 42 meter diameter and the ability to see both in the visible spectrum and the infrared, as well.
The United States Naval Observatory traces its beginnings back to President John Quincy Adams, who signed the legislative act establishing such an entity. Currently the Observatory is one of the premiere institutions in the world for collection and cataloging of astronomical and astrometric data.
Big Bear Solar Observatory in the San Bernardino Mountains houses what is now the largest solar telescope in the world with a primary mirror of 1.6 meters. The observatory is operated by the New Jersey Institute of Science.