Observatories

Tales (Tails?) Of Three Comets

by David Dickinson September 9, 2014

As the Chinese proverb says, “May you live in interesting times,” and while the promise of Comet ISON dazzling observers didn’t exactly pan out as hoped for in early 2014, we now have a bevy of binocular comets set to grace evening skies for northern hemisphere observers. David Dickinson on Google+

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Amazing Video Timelapse Of Big Telescopes At Work In Chile

by Elizabeth Howell September 2, 2014

What’s it like to spend a night at a huge telescope observatory? Jordi Busque recorded a brilliant timelapse of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). What makes this video unique is not only the exotic location in Chile, but the use of sound in the area rather than music. […]

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Hunting for “Minimoons” Orbiting Earth

by David Dickinson September 2, 2014

It’s an engaging thought experiment. What if Earth had multiple moons?  Our world has one large natural satellite, just over a quarter the diameter, 1/50th the volume, and less than 1/80th the mass of our fair world. In fact, the Earth-Moon system has sometimes been referred to as a “binary planet,” and our Moon stands […]

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Astronomy History and Future Come Together at the South Carolina State Museum

by David Dickinson August 25, 2014

Seeking out science and astronomy in South Carolina? You’re in luck, as we’re pleased to report the South Carolina State Museum’s brand-spanking new planetarium and astronomical observatory opened to the public earlier this month. David Dickinson on Google+

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James Webb Space Telescope’s Giant Sunshield Test Unit Unfurled First Time

by Ken Kremer July 26, 2014

GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, MD – The huge Sunshield test unit for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been successfully unfurled for the first time in a key milestone ahead of the launch scheduled for October 2018. Engineers stacked and expanded the tennis-court sized Sunshield test unit last week inside the cleanroom at a […]

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