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'Extreme' telescopes find the second-fastest-spinning pulsar
By following up on mysterious high-energy sources mapped by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, a Netherlands-based radio telescope has discovered a new pulsar, the second fastest-spinning known. ...
First exomoon might have been spotted 4000 light years away
Scoping out the sceneNASABy Leah CraneIt’s a moonshot. A signal has been spotted that might be the first moon detected outside our solar system, and researchers are gearing up to use the Hubble Space...
New twist in battle over plans for sacred Hawaii mountaintop
HONOLULU -- A construction permit should be granted for a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain summit that some consider sacred, a hearings officer recommended Wednesday.Retired judge Riki May...
Infrared telescope spots mystery flare-ups in distant galaxies
“What the heck did we just find?”NASA/JPL-CaltechBy Joshua SokolSOME things that go bump in the night can only be seen with heat vision. SPRITEs, a new class of astronomical explosion, may be showing...
No Wi-Fi, No Internet, No Problem
Broadband access in the United States is not universal, with a longtime digital divide beween urban and rural areas. But in one small town just four hours from Washington, D.C., there's no internet service...
Three newly found planets could support life
The Earth-sized worlds lie in the "Goldilocks zone" of their sun, where temperatures are not too hot or cold, and are thought to be capable of having oceans of water.They are in a group of at least seven...
The world’s biggest telescope needs half a billion dollars more
reader comments 6 Share this story An artist's conception of the completed Giant Magellan Telescope. GMTO A view of the Giant Magellan Telescope summit at present. GMTO/Ricardo Alcayaga Future GMT living...
Breakthrough Starshot to fund planet-hunting hardware for telescope
Enlarge / The VISIR instrument before its impending upgrades.ESO reader comments 0 Share this story Today, the European Southern Observatory announced an agreement with Breakthrough Starshot, the group...
Engineers detect anomaly during testing of James Webb Space Telescope
Enlarge / Artist's impression of the James Webb Space Telescope. NASA reader comments 16 Share this story It's never a good thing when an anomaly is detected in your scientific instrument during pre-operational...
Billions of stars could be found in new images
A 1.8-metre telescope perched on the summit of the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii has captured large images of the sky every 30 seconds for four years. It means researchers can now study the world's largest...
Aliens are never the answer
Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI Science Center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman, RealSpace and COSI Science Now.You may have heard in...
Telescope aimed at new planet in search for life
The Parkes radio telescope, in New South Wales, was aimed towards Proxima Centauri which was recently shown to have an Earth-sized planet in an orbit suitable for life.Scientists will use the 210ft telescope...
Scientists reveal ‘pillars of destruction’
Scientists have revealed images that they’ve dubbed with a darker name: the “Pillars of Destruction”. YOU may have seen the famous “Pillars of Creation” image from the Eagle Nebula. The breathtaking, iconic...
Telescope Group Chooses Canary Islands as Alternative to Hawaii
The team behind a project to build one of the world's largest telescopes said on Monday it has chosen Spain's Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean as a possible alternative to Hawaii. The decision follows...
Project Blue plans to send space telescope to snap nearby worlds
LET’S take a look next door. A team of astronomers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists has launched an ambitious campaign to grab the first ever picture of a distant, possibly Earth-like world. Project...
Modular space telescope could be assembled by robot
Seeing deep into space requires large telescopes. The larger the telescope, the more light it collects, and the sharper the image it provides. For example, NASA's Kepler space observatory, with a mirror...
Biggest radio telescope on Earth ready to receive alien signals
What a dishXinhua News Agency/REX/ShutterstockBy Emily BensonTime to power up the largest radio telescope in the world. China’s Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, began spying on...
China turns on ‘Eye of Heaven’
The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in the remote Pingtang county in southwest China's Guizhou province has been finally switched on. Picture: Liu Xu/AP IF THE human race is to ever...
Giant telescope begins search for alien life
The £138m dish, which began operating on Sunday, measures 500 metres in diameter and took five years to construct in China's Guizhou region.As well as searching for signs of intelligent life outside the...
NASA urged to rejoin the hunt for gravitational waves
It will be important to control the scope of the WFIRST telescope projectNasa/GSFCBy Lisa GrossmanGet back on the gravitational-wave hunting horse. That’s part of the message of a new report from the...
Hubble Space Telescope Gets a New 5-Year Contract
The Hubble Space Telescope has been dazzling earthlings with views of deep space for over 26 years. That’s old for a satellite but NASA has a team of approximately 80 engineers working at the Goddard Space...
NASA eyes first-ever carbon-nanotube mirrors for CubeSat telescope
A lightweight telescope that a team of NASA scientists and engineers is developing specifically for CubeSat scientific investigations could become the first to carry a mirror made of carbon nanotubes in...
China’s new radio observatory is 200 meters larger than Arecibo
This photo taken on June 27, 2016 shows the FAST at night.Xinhua photo/Liu XuFor half a century, the National Science Foundation's Arecibo telescope, sited in Puerto Rico, has been the world's largest...
China builds world’s largest radio telescope to hunt for aliens
By Andy Coghlan Listening for aliensLiu Xu/Xinhua News Agency/eyevineCovering an area the size of 30 football pitches, China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) was officially completed...
Project will ‘push humanity forward’
The James Webb space telescope is being sent almost a million miles away, tasked with answering the question: 'Are we alone?' Artist's concept of the James Webb Space Telescope against the background stars...
Algorithm could construct first images of black holes
A new algorithm that could help astronomers produce the first image of a black hole has been constructed by scientists. The algorithm would stitch together data collected from radio telescopes scattered...
Europe’s staggeringly large telescope project takes a step forward
The European Extremely Large Telescope is, indeed, extremely large at 39 meters across.ESOAn astronomy organization consisting of 15 European countries, as well as Chile and Brazil, has signed a €400...
Scientists Expect ‘Unexpected’ from Largest Ground-based Telescope
The mirror of the Hubble Space Telescope that gave the world stunning pictures of deep space is about 4.5 square meters. Compare that with the primary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope, which will...
3 planets orbiting dwarf star may hold promise of life
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Astronomers searching for life beyond our solar system may need to look no farther than a little, feeble nearby star.A Belgian-led team reported Monday that it's discovered three...
Four Huge Laser Beams Create Artificial Stars
Four super-powerful lasers have lit up the sky in Chile - creating artificial guide stars to help with space exploration. The most powerful laser guide star system in the world has been switched on at...
James Webb Space Telescope taking shape
NASA's $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope, the long-delayed, much more powerful successor to the hugely successful Hubble, remains on track for launch atop a European Ariane 5 rocket in October 2018,...
NASA fights to fix emergency on prized Kepler space telescope
Has it run out of luck?NASAOur primary planet-hunter may have bagged its last world. Over the weekend, NASA reported that its Kepler space telescope, which is responsible for discovering nearly half of...
The world's largest radio telescope is being built in China
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Earth-space telescope produces hot surprise
Combining an orbiting radio telescope with telescopes on Earth made a system capable of the highest resolution of any observation ever made in astronomy. The super sharp radio 'vision' produced a pair...
Meet the largest science project in US government history—the James Webb Telescope
Recently, the James Webb Space Telescope team used a robotic arm to install the last of the telescope's 18 mirrors onto the telescope structure.NASASince Galileo first discovered the moons of Jupiter...
Galactic glamour shots taken by tweeting telescope gets nod from Twitter
The social media-savvy telescope in Halifax that lets stargazers get personal photos of objects 140 light years away – in just 140 characters, is getting cheers from Twitter itself.Twitter turned 10 on...
Long distance relationship: Hubble spots the furthest galaxy ever seen
The Hubble Telescope has spotted the furthest galaxy ever seen.Using the Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3, a team from Yale University, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and the University of California...
Charge injection device boosts chances of detecting Earth-like planets near bright stars
The quest to find small, Earth-like exoplanets isn't just a matter of pointing an exceptionally powerful telescope towards a star, as one may do to observe moons orbiting a planet. Apart from resolving...
Completed ATLASGAL survey provides stunning submillimeter view of the Milky Way
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has completed the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL), releasing the stunning new imagery to mark the occasion. The survey covers the full...
New Nasa telescope to help unlock secrets of universe
Nasa has started work on a new telescope with a view 100 times bigger than that of Hubble Space Telescope that may help unravel the mysteries of dark matter and advance the search for alien life. The mission...
NASA's working on a telescope with an even wider eye than Hubble - CNET
Enlarge ImageAn artist's rendering of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) NASA NASA said Thursday that it's getting down to business building a new telescope that could get us a step closer...
Here's why NASA is building a telescope 100x more powerful than Hubble
NASA has started work on a new space telescope that will provide views of the universe 100 times larger than what the Hubble Space Telescope can capture.The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)...
China displaces 9,000 people for world's largest telescope - CNET
Enlarge ImageThe FAST radio telescope will listen to the universe.National Astronomical Observatory of ChinaAliens hiding from our gaze have yet another reason to fear: China.The country is on track to...
A tale of two telescopes: Contrasting approaches in Hawaii and China
A rendering of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, which is now nearly complete.Chinese Academy of SciencesSometimes, when we build huge telescopes to see deep into the Universe,...
Huge human cost in alien search
The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) under construction in Pingtang, in southwest China's Guizhou province. Photo: China out/AFP MORE than 9000 residents from one of the poorest provinces...
Thousands Of Chinese Residents Evacuated For World’s Largest Telescope
Over 9,000 Chinese residents will be evacuated from their homes in order to create a radio-quiet zone for the world’s largest telescope. The telescope, known as the Five-hundred-meter Aperture...
Unknown galaxies discovered lurking behind the Milky Way
In recent radio telescope studies, many hundreds of previously undiscovered galaxies have been found to exist in an area in which an enormous magnetic abnormality known as the "Great Attractor" is located....
The telescope gets its first major upgrade in centuries
Its new system, SPIDER, (or 'Segmented Planar Imaging Detector for Electro-optical Reconnaissance', to give it its full title) does away with the large lenses or mirrors found in traditional refracting...
Lockheed Martin shrinks the telescope
After 400 years, the original telescope design is getting a major upgrade. Part of a DARPA funded project, Lockheed Martin's Segmented Planar Imaging Detector for Electro-optical Reconnaissance (SPIDER)...
LOFAR telescope array expands into Ireland
The world's largest connected radio telescope is about to become even bigger! LOFAR, the Low Frequency Array, will expand into Ireland in 2016. This is not only great news for Irish astrophysics, but also...
World's largest connected radio telescope expands into Ireland
Ireland has been chosen as the site for latest expansion of the world's largest connected radio telescope. The Ireland-LOFAR consortium (I-LOFAR) has been awarded grants totaling €1.9 million (US$2 million)...
By the dozen: NASA's James Webb Space Telescope mirrors
One dozen flight mirrors are now installed on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, out of the eighteen mirror segments that make up the primary mirror. The assembly of the primary mirror is an important...
NASA has begun working on its next great space observatory
An illustration of what WFIRST will look like once launched.NASA/Goddard Space Flight CenterThanks to an infusion of Congressional funding, NASA has accelerated development of a telescope that could answer...
After protests, construction equipment removed from giant telescope site
An artist's illustration of the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.Thirty Meter TelescopeFor astronomers seeking to build the world's largest telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, it will be anything...
Telescope equipment coming down from Hawaiian mountain
Construction equipment and vehicles that have sat idle since protesters blocked crews from building a giant telescope are being removed from a mountain that's considered sacred to some Native Hawaiian...
Cherenkov Telescope Array prototype telescope achieves "first light"
On 26 November 2015, a prototype telescope proposed for the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the Gamma-ray Cherenkov Telescope (GCT), recorded CTA's first ever Cherenkov light while undergoing testing at l'Observatoire...
What to look for when buying a telescope
A telescope can open up on the wonders of the heavens. Credit: Grand Canyon National Park/Flickr, CC BY I'm often asked what inspired me to become an astronomer, and I explain that a pivotal moment for...
Astronomers solve mystery of 'born again' stars with Hubble Space Telescope
University of Texas astronomer Natalie Gosnell has used Hubble Space Telescope to better understand why some stars aren't evolving as predicted. These so-called "blue stragglers" look hotter and bluer...
Faint Galaxy From Early Universe Is Spotted
NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes have spotted the faintest object ever seen in the early universe. The galaxy existed around 400 million years after the big bang which happened 13.8bn years ago. It...
Scientists plan to observe outer solar system moons using JWST
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), often touted as Hubble's successor, is slated to be launched in 2018 to study every phase of cosmic history, mainly by observing the most distant objects in the...
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