Observatories

The Search for Gravitational Waves: New Documentary About LIGO Premieres Soon

by Nancy Atkinson April 14, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter What happens when stars or black holes collide? Scientists have theorized that the energy released would disturb the very fabric of the space-time continuum, much like ripples in a pond. These ripples are called gravitational waves, and while proving the existence […]

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Webcasts and Forecasts for Tonight’s Total Lunar Eclipse

by David Dickinson April 14, 2014

Are you ready for some eclipse action? We’re now within 24 hours of the Moon reaching its ascending node along the ecliptic at 13:25 Universal Time (UT)/ 9:25 AM EDT on Tuesday morning and meeting the shadow of the Earth just over seven hours earlier. Remove this ad David Dickinson on Google+

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Mars Opposition Season 2014: Images From Around the World

by David Dickinson April 9, 2014

Did you see it? Last night, the Red Planet rose in the east as it passed opposition for 2014, and astrophotographers the world over were ready to greet it.  And although Mars gets slightly closer to us over the coming week, opposition marks the point at which Mars is 180 degrees “opposite” to the setting […]

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Adventures in (Radio) Amateur Astronomy

by David Dickinson March 28, 2014

 Is there truly anything new under the Sun? Well, when it comes to amateur astronomy, many observers are branching out beyond the optical. And while it’s true that you can’t carry out infrared or X-ray astronomy from your backyard — or at least, not until amateurs begin launching their own space telescopes — you can […]

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Arecibo Observatory Back in Action Following Earthquake Damage

by Nancy Atkinson March 14, 2014

Damage to the iconic Arecibo Observatory from an earthquake earlier this year has been repaired and the telescope is now back to full service. On January 13, 2014, the William E. Gordon radio telescope sustained damage following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that was centered 37 miles northwest of Arecibo. A large cable that supports the […]

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