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Anonymous $3M Donation Puts Pan-STARRS Back On Track
2013-03-19 09:04:30

Institute for Astronomy - University of Hawaii The cancellation of earmarks by the U.S. Congress in 2011 left Pan-STARRS, one of the University of Hawaii´s flagship programs, $10M short of the funds needed to complete the historic 2-telescope system–and on the verge of folding. Thanks to an anonymous $3M gift made through the University of Hawaii Foundation, Pan-STARRS will survive the cuts and continue astronomy research of global import. The Pan-STARRS project is an...

2013-03-18 20:49:50

AURA announced today that Dr. Steven M. Kahn will assume the role of Director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Kahn will succeed Dr. Sidney C. Wolff and retain his current affiliation with SLAC and Stanford. LSST is the top-ranked large-scale ground-based project for the next decade as recommended by the National Research Council´s Astronomy and Astrophysics decadal survey (Astro2010). By digitally imaging the sky for a decade, the LSST...

First Light For Third 1-Meter Node Of Global Telescope
2013-03-18 16:19:57

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope The first truly global telescope came a significant step closer to completion this month with the installation and first light on three new 1-meter telescopes at the South Africa Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) near Sutherland, South Africa. A team of five Las Cumbres engineers, technicians, and a postdoc, convened at Sutherland for three weeks during late February and early March to achieve this feat. "The South African Astronomical Observatory...

Partnership-Planning Grant Awarded By NSF To Thirty Meter Telescope
2013-03-18 15:03:31

Thirty Meter Telescope Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a cooperative agreement to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Observatory Corporation to explore a potential partnership between the organizations. The award is a milestone for the TMT project, initiating a broad dialog between TMT, the NSF and the United States' astronomical community. The partnership-planning award also paves the way for the NSF to confer with TMT's international partners. "The NSF award is a...

James Webb Telescope Support Structure Wing Completed
2013-03-16 10:26:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The massive backplane that will help hold the James Webb Space Telescope´s primary mirror in place as it scans the night sky is now one step closer to completion, NASA officials announced on Friday. The recent assembly of the primary mirror backplane support structure wing “is another milestone that helps move Webb closer to its launch date in 2018," said Geoff Yoder, the telescope program´s director at the...

The Crown Prince Couple Of Denmark Visits ESO's Paranal Observatory
2013-03-15 13:09:14

ESO The Crown Prince Couple of Denmark visited ESO´s Paranal Observatory during their official visit to Chile. The Observatory is located 130 kilometers south of Antofagasta, in the heart of Chile´s Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. At a height of 2635 meters above sea level, Paranal is the site of the Very Large Telescope (VLT), the world´s most advanced optical instrument dedicated to astronomical research. On arrival, The Crown Prince Frederik and The...

Passing Asteroid Will Be Broadcast Live By SLOOH Today
2013-03-09 12:02:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An asteroid about the size of a city block will be making its way past Earth later today, and Slooh plans on giving the world access to its tools to view the near-Earth object (NEO). Slooh, a leader in live, celestial event programming, said in a statement earlier this week that it will be broadcasting the asteroid 2013 ET on Saturday (Mar 9) as the it passes by Earth at about 2.5 times the Moon's distance from us. 2013 ET was...

$4 Million Adaptive Optics Fund Completed By Keck Observatory
2013-03-05 12:21:50

W. M. Keck Observatory The W. M. Keck Observatory has successfully completed a $4 million campaign that will give astronomers the most detailed Adaptive Optics images of the cosmos ever created by mankind. Furthermore, the campaign was funded entirely by private philanthropy. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the W. M. Keck Foundation and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation awarded three grants totaling $3.7 million to significantly upgrade the Keck II Laser Guide Star Adaptive...

New VISTA Image Of 'Cosmic Lobster'
2013-02-20 08:22:07

ESO Located around 8000 light-years away in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion), NGC 6357 – sometimes nicknamed the Lobster Nebula due to its appearance in visible-light images – is a region filled with vast clouds of gas and tendrils of dark dust. These clouds are forming stars, including massive hot stars which glow a brilliant blue-white in visible light. This image uses infrared data from ESO´s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) at...


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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