Climate Change is Making the Atmosphere Worse for Astronomy

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Global climate change's effects will reach right up the skies, affecting such places as the VLTI in Chile. Courtesy ESO.

Modern astronomical telescopes are extraordinarly powerful. And we keep making them more powerful. With telescopes like the Extremely Large Telescope and the Giant Magellan Telescope seeing first light in the coming years, our astronomical observing power will be greater than ever.

But a new commentary says that climate change could limit the power of our astronomical observatories.

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