Latest Telescopes Stories

Sifting Through Starlight To Find New Planets
2012-07-06 05:42:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first images from a new project are demonstrating a new technique that creates precise "dark holes" around stars of interest. Dark holes are extremely difficult to see directly in an image because the light that stars emit is tens of millions to billions of times brighter than the light given off by planets. However, astronomers working on Project 1640 presented findings of dark holes at the International Society for Optics and...

2012-07-03 23:02:38

As SETI@Home continues to search for intelligent life in the universe, OpticsPlanet incentivizes donations with exclusive coupon offers. Northbrook, IL (PRWEB) July 03, 2012 OpticsPlanet.com helps amateur and professional astronomers discover new features of the cosmos with their selection of telescopes, astronomy binoculars, spotting scopes and star maps, but the search goes on for extraterrestrial intelligence. By teaming up with SETI@Home, OpticsPlanet helps bring additional funding to...

Stellar Nursery Shows Off Its Hot Young Stars In Latest Image
2012-06-20 11:08:48

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] ESO´s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has taken the most detailed image so far of a spectacular part of the stellar nursery called NGC 6357. The view shows many hot young stars, glowing clouds of gas and weird dust formations sculpted by ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds. Deep in the Milky Way in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion) lies NGC 6357 [1], a region of space where new stars are being born in of chaotic clouds of gas and dust [2]. The...

2012-06-12 14:00:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com [ Watch the video ] The European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) has been given the go-ahead by the organization overseeing the project to move on with it. The $1.3 billion telescope will look for planets outside the solar system and those orbiting other stars in "habitable zones." The telescope will use a 127-feet mirror, helping it gather more than 12 times the light that the largest optical telescopes being used today gather. "Its unique...

Fourth Summit Of The Pacific Alliance Takes Place At ESO's Paranal Observatory
2012-06-08 03:13:38

Four Presidents at Paranal for signature of Pacific Alliance Treaty The presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru met today at ESO´s Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile, seeing first hand the state-of-the-art telescopes and technology of ESO´s flagship site. The presidents gathered at Paranal for the fourth Summit of the Pacific Alliance, at which the Alliance´s Framework Agreement was ratified. On Wednesday 6 June, Presidents Sebastián...

NRO Gives NASA Two Hubble Sized Telescopes
2012-06-05 04:15:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) announced on Monday that it will be giving two telescopes as big as the Hubble Space Telescope to NASA. The 7.9-feet mirror telescopes have 100 times the field of view of the Hubble, according to David Spergel, a Princeton astrophysicist and co-chair of the National Academies advisory panel on astronomy and astrophysics. If used as originally intended, NASA official Michael Moore told the Washington Post that the...

2012-06-03 07:34:02

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) recently expressed deep regret at the decision of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to end support for two major astronomical telescopes. The decision, a consequence of ongoing real terms cuts to the UK science budget by the Government, will almost certainly see the Hawaii-based UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) cease operations in the autumn of 2013 and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) do the same a year later, with the loss of...

Giant Radio Telescope Gets Two Different Locations
2012-05-26 04:31:25

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Australia and South Africa will host a giant radio telescope made up of thousands of separate dishes, which will help scientists gain a better understanding of our universe. South Africa and Australia both battled for bidding for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope project, but South Africa came away with a victory by capturing two parts of the three-part project. "We may feel slightly disappointed that we didn't get the whole thing. But I think...

Latest Telescopes Reference Libraries

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...

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...

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...

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

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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