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Astronomy Day Celebration Via Slooh
2012-10-19 07:14:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomy Day is taking place on Saturday, and one organization will be broadcasting live celestial programming to celebrate. Slooh will be offering up 11 hours of free broadcasting of the cosmos, focusing on a particular topic or various celestial objects. The organization said that Paul Cox will be hosting the 11-hour live extravaganza, accompanied by several guests like Bob Berman. The broadcast will start by telling the story...

Near Infrared Technology Lets Astronomers Study Numerous Galaxies At The Same Time
2012-10-10 10:23:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some 24 robotic arms attached to a new high tech instrument have been transported from Edinburgh, Scotland to a Chilean mountaintop in the hope that some of the key questions surrounding the beginnings of the Universe will be answered in greater detail than ever before. The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has provisionally accepted KMOS after testing was completed at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh....

Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship Received By Subaru Telescope Astronomer Olivier Guyon
2012-10-04 09:51:12

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has chosen Subaru Telescope astronomer Dr. Olivier Guyon to receive a prestigious 2012 MacArthur Fellowship. He joins a diverse, elite group of 23 individuals nationwide selected for this annual honor. Awarded to "talented individuals in a variety of fields who have shown exceptional originality and dedication in their creative pursuits," the fellowships grant $500,000 to each recipient over a five-year period with no conditions placed on the...

NASA Receives First Two Webb Mirrors
2012-09-25 20:36:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said on Monday that the first two of 18 primary mirrors for its James Webb Space Telescope have arrived at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The mirrors are going through receiving and inspection, and will be stored in the Goddard cleanroom until engineers are ready to install them onto the telescope's backplane structure, according to the space agency. Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado is building...

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2012-09-12 21:37:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In relative terms, the Earth is about to escape another asteroid impact on Thursday by the hair on its chin. Although it's not like the 14-story sized asteroid is going to be nearing so close to Earth that you will be getting a prime view of in it your backyard, it will be about 7.5 times the Moon's distance from our planet. The asteroid, which is between 625 and 1,400 feet across, is close enough to Earth to be classified a...

First European Astronomy Journalism Prize Winners Announced
2012-09-05 16:54:16

The winner of the first European Astronomy Journalism Prize, designed to help inspire the next generation of researchers has been announced today (5 September 2012) at a reception in the House of Commons. Katia Moskvitch from the BBC was announced as the winner and awarded a trip to Chile, by a panel of judges representing the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) who ran the competition, together with the Royal Astronomical Society and...

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2012-08-31 22:12:56

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers will soon be getting the chance to peer through a telescope that will be flying high above the city lights. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) will begin its first full cycle of science flights starting in November 2012, and extending through December 2013. SOFIA is a modified 747SP aircraft that carries a telescope with a diameter of 100 inches to altitudes above 39,000 feet, which is...


Latest Telescopes Reference Libraries

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2010-10-08 17:45:24

Radio telescopes, used in tracking and collecting data from satellites and space probes, are a form of directional radio antenna used in radio astronomy. They operate on the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum where they detect radio sources. Radio telescopes are large parabolic antennas used singly or in an array and are located far from major centers of population in order to avoid electromagnetic interference. Karl Guthe Jansky built the first radio antenna used to...

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2010-09-24 17:50:57

A telescope, designed to aid the observation of remote objects, collects some form of electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light). The Netherlands developed the first known practical telescope in the 17th century. The term "telescope" was termed in order to describe Galileo's instruments in 1611. However, Galileo was not the inventor of the telescope. It was Hans Lippershey, Zacharias Janssen, and Jacob Metius who are credited with the creation of the telescope. In 1668, Isaac Newton...

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2009-04-28 11:47:36

The Reverend Thomas William Webb (December 14, 1807 "“ May 19, 1885) was a British astronomer and faithful clergyman. The lone son of a clergyman, the Rev. John Webb was raised and educated by his father in absence of his mother who died in Webb's early childhood. He travelled to Oxford to attend Magdalen College. Soon after, he was ordained a minister by the Anglican Church in 1829. In 1843, he married Henrietta Montague. Mrs. Webb died on September 7, 1884. Webb followed shortly...

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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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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Telescope -- A telescope is an instrument composed of one or more lenses or mirrors to gather and focus electromagnetic radiation. Telescopes increase the observed angular size of objects, as well as their apparent brightness. The largest telescopes are used in astronomy. A telescope was first turned on the sky by Galileo Galilei, the Italian scientist. (Telescopes used for non-astronomical purposes may be called "transits," "monoculars," "binoculars," "camera lenses," or "spyglasses".)...

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