Latest Observatory Stories

2009-04-28 08:28:00

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Swift satellite and an international team of astronomers have found a gamma-ray burst from a star that died when the universe was only 630 million years old, or less than five percent of its present age. The event, dubbed GRB 090423, is the most distant cosmic explosion ever seen. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Swift was designed to catch these very distant bursts," said Swift lead scientist Neil...

2009-03-26 13:10:00

Palomar's participation in Around the World in 80 Telescopes enabled by HRWREN's high speed, large bandwidth Around the World in 80 Telescopes, part of the International Year of Astronomy's 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project of global outreach activities, will begin on April 3. Observatories in 15 countries spanning all the continents, as well as 11 observatories in space, will participate in this 24-hour trip to observatories across the globe and in the so-called final frontier. The...

2008-12-31 14:55:00

Experts say the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia is under an audio assault from wireless computers and other gadgets cluttering the same frequencies occupied by signals from neutron stars. Wesley Sizemore is an interference hunter, vigilantly pursuing stray electromagnetic signals that bedevil researchers at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which sits on 13,000 square miles tucked away in the nation's only radio-free quiet zone. He and other scientists at the observatory...

2008-11-28 15:21:43

Five astronomy students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have carried their research to unexpected heights -- they found a galaxy. They made their improbable find in a most improbable way, using the world's largest radio telescope, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The students told the Wisconsin Sate Journal that their good fortune was not expected when they signed up for a research methods class being taught by UW-Madison astronomer Snezana Stanimirovic. But the astronomer had...

2008-10-22 09:00:17

Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi "Power-Play" that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry on a per device and system basis, announces the deployment of their Xirrus 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi Arrays at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, enabling the replacement of switched Ethernet to the desktop at the facility. Located on the 13,796-foot Mauna Kea summit in Hawaii, the twin Keck Telescopes are the world's largest optical and infrared telescopes and are used to probe the...

2008-07-09 16:20:00

Funding for one of the world's leading radio astronomy centers has now been secured, according to Manchester University, the site's owner. Jodrell Bank in Cheshire, an observatory that has made many key discoveries as well as tracking the moon landings, was in danger of closing due to uncertainty of proper funding for its key new project, the eMerlin network. The network, which ties together radio dishes across the UK, now has the necessary money in place. The observatory, home to the giant...

2008-06-30 00:00:03

By Jeff Green June 30 marks the 100th anniversary of an asteroid that exploded over Tunguska, Russia, with a force 1,000 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb that leveled Hiroshima at the end of World War II. David Healy, by day an auto analyst with New York-based Burnham Securities Inc., wasn't around to warn people about that one. He built his own $500,000 observatory in his backyard in Arizona so he can have a shot at preventing the next. Healy, 71, has some experience with...

2008-06-24 02:29:15

Australian astronomers working in China say they've remotely controlled telescopes in three nations and streamed the data to a New South Wales observatory. We're now in the age of astronomy without borders, said Tasso Tzioumis of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's Australia Telescope National Facility. Tzioumis and colleagues Chris Phillips and Shaun Amy worked with Chinese and Japanese astronomers to control the 25-meter radio telescope of the...

2008-06-24 02:25:00

By Jeremy Boren Lou Coban has what many people would consider the ultimate office: plenty of space, little supervision and a stellar view. He's encouraged to clock in around noon because his work as administrator and electronics guru of the Allegheny Observatory usually takes him late into Riverview Park's starry evenings. "Most people have an office; I have a whole building," Coban said as he gazed at the 96-year-old observatory's largest telescope. The 47-foot-long Thaw Memorial...

2008-06-10 15:00:00

On May 22, Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico joined other telescopes in North America, South America, Europe and Africa in simultaneously observing the same targets, simulating a telescope more than 6,800 miles (almost 11,000 kilometers) in diameter.The telescopes are all members of the Express Production Real-time e-VLBI Service (EXPReS) project, and May 22 marked a live demonstration of their first four-continent, real-time, electronic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (e-VLBI)...

Latest Observatory Reference Libraries

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...

2004-10-19 04:45:43

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...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

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...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

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...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

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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