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2014-09-23 23:00:40

This summer, Liberty University added a new custom-built 24-inch telescope, the largest in the region, to its Astronomical Observatory on Liberty Mountain.

NASA Begins Testing Of New Spectrograph On SOFIA
2014-06-04 03:02:24

Astronomers are eagerly waiting to begin use of a new instrument to study celestial objects: a high-resolution, mid-infrared spectrograph mounted on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the world's largest flying telescope.

2014-06-03 12:20:40

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers are eagerly waiting to begin use of a new instrument to study celestial objects: a high-resolution, mid-infrared spectrograph

Seventeen Hubble Fellows Selected By NASA And STScI For 2014
2014-04-04 09:48:54

NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) have announced the selection of 17 new Hubble Fellows. STScI in Baltimore, Md., administers the Hubble Fellowship Program for NASA.

Arecibo Observatory Repairs
2014-03-12 12:34:41

On January 13, 2014, the William E. Gordon radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico sustained damage following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that was centered 37 miles northwest of Arecibo. MENLO PARK, Calif., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 13, 2014, the William E.

Contract Signed To Start Construction For European Extremely Large Telescope
2013-12-11 06:27:00

At a ceremony at ESO’s Vitacura offices in Santiago on 9 December 2013 the ESO Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, and senior representatives of the Chilean company ICAFAL Ingeniería y Construcción S.A., signed a contract for the construction of a road to the summit of Cerro Armazones, the levelling of the top of the mountain and additional civil works.

Best Vacation Hotspots Centered Around Stargazing: Exclusive
2013-09-24 15:16:48

Everyone's idea of a vacation seems to center around a beach or a mountain, so how about mixing things up a bit on your next trip by venturing out to a place far from city lights, to a land that blankets you in a night sky like you've never known.

Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy In New Zealand
2013-08-14 08:29:46

NASA's SOFIA observatory program manager Eddie Zavala reflects on the myriad details of preparing for and then executing the flying observatory's first Southern Hemisphere mission in the summer of 2013.

Adaptive Optics Details New Space Images From Gemini Observatory
2013-07-03 11:05:47

Scientists at the Gemini South observatory in Chile have just released the first new images of space created with their state-of-the-art adaptive optics system, called GeMS.


Latest Observatory Reference Libraries

Very Large Telescope
2004-10-19 04:45:43

Very Large Telescope -- The Very Large Telescope (VLT) consist of four optical telescopes that have 8.4 meter aperture. The VLT is a project of the European Southern Observatory organization. It is located at the Paranal Observatory on Cerro Paranal, a 2,635-m high mountain in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. The VLT consists of a cluster four of large telescopes, and an interferometer (VLTI) which will be used to resolve fine features. The telescopes have been named after the...

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Radio Telescope -- In contrast to an ordinary telescope, which produces visible light images, a radio telescope "sees" radio waves emitted by radio sources located anywhere in the Universe, typically by means of a large parabolic ("dish") antenna, or arrays of them. The best-known (and largest) radio telescope is in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. A well-known radio telescope being an array of antennae is the Very Large Array (VLA) in Socorro, New Mexico. The largest (100-meter diameter) and most...

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Keck Observatory -- From a remote outpost on the summit of Hawaii's dormant Mauna Kea volcano, astronomers at the W.M. Keck Observatory probe the deepest regions of the Universe with unprecedented power and precision. Their instruments are the twin Keck Telescopes, the world's largest optical and and infrared telescopes. Each stands eight stories tall and weighs 300 tons, yet operates with nanometer precision. At the heart of each Keck Telescope is a revolutionary primary mirror. Ten...

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Jodrell Bank Observatory -- The Jodrell Bank Observatory, near Macclesfield, Cheshire in the north west of England is a part of the University of Manchester. It has played an important part in the research into quasars and pulsars, as well as the first detection of a gravitational lens in 1979, confirming one of Einstein's theories. It was established in 1945 by Dr. Bernard Lovell, who wanted to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar in World War II. The first radio...

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European Southern Observatory -- ESO, the European Southern Observatory, was created in 1962 to: "establish and operate an astronomical observatory in the southern hemisphere, equipped with powerful instruments, with the aim of furthering and organising collaboration in astronomy". ESO is supported by Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Other countries have expressed interest to become a member as well. ESO...

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