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The Giant Magellan Telescope’s 6th Mirror has Just Been Cast. One More to Go

Work has begun on the sixth and seventh mirror segments for the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will begin studying the…

5 months ago

Here’s the Extremely New Website for the Extremely Large Telescope

In the vein of “go big or go home,” the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has launched a stunning new website…

6 months ago

Those are Exoplanets. You’re Looking at Actual Exoplanets 63 Light-Years Away!

By combining two exoplanet detection methods for the first time ever, the GRAVITY collaboration has confirmed the existence of a…

10 months ago

Black Holes Were Already Feasting Just 1.5 Billion Years After the Big Bang

Using the ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), an international team of astronomers observed gas clouds that in the early Universe…

2 years ago

Asteroid 2006 QV89 Now Has a 0% Chance of Hitting Earth in September

Why report on an asteroid that has no chance of hitting Earth? Because this asteroid, known as 2006 QV89, has…

2 years ago

A double asteroid came uncomfortably close this weekend. Here’s what astronomers saw

Using the Very Large Telescope, a team of ESO scientists took some stunningly clear images of a double asteroid that…

2 years ago

Ground-Based Telescope Directly Observes the Atmosphere of an Extrasolar Planet, and Sees Swirling Clouds of Iron and Silicates

We've finally got our first optical look at an exoplanet and its atmosphere, and boy is it a strange place.…

2 years ago

Do You See the “Cosmic Bat” in NGC 1788?

2,000 light years away, in the Orion constellation, lurks an eerie looking creature, made of glowing gas lit up by…

2 years ago

The Saturn Nebula Kind of Looks Like the Planet in a Small Telescope, But in One of the Most Powerful Telescopes on Earth, it Looks Like This

Saturn is an icon. There's nothing else like it in the Solar System, and it's something even children recognize. But…

3 years ago

Massive Triple Star System Creates this Bizarre Swirling Pinwheel of Dust. And it Could be the Site of a Gamma Ray Burst

An international team of astronomers recently located a triple star system in our galaxy that will someday unleash a massive…

3 years ago