Future Space Telescopes Could be 100 Meters Across, Constructed in Space, and Then Bent Into a Precise Shape

An MIT team proposes a new method for in-space assembly to built a self-adjusting 100 m (328 ft) space telescope

2 months ago

JWST Pioneer Passes Along Advice for Future Space Telescope Builders

After a quarter-century of development, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is a smashing success. But senior project scientist John Mather,…

3 months ago

Which Missions and Observatories can Detect Technosignatures?

The search for technosignatures has always taken a back seat in the broad search for extraterrestrial life forms. Biosignatures, such…

10 months ago

The Decadal Survey is out! What new Missions and Telescopes are in the Works?

It’s that time again.  Once every ten years, the American astronomy community joins forces through the auspices of the National…

1 year ago

A Technique to Find Oceans on Other Worlds

A new study shows how next-generation observatories could directly observe oceans on exoplanets, which could narrow the search for extraterrestrial…

1 year ago

What Would It Take To See Artificial Lights at Proxima Centauri B?

Is there an alien civilization next door? It's...possible(ish). In late 2020, we discovered a signal from the direction of Proxima…

2 years ago

We Could Find Extraterrestrial Civilizations by Their Air Pollution

Upcoming telescopes will give us more power to search for biosignatures on all the exoplanets we've found. Much of the…

2 years ago

Hubble Shows the True Size of Andromeda

It's possible that you've seen the Andromeda galaxy (M31) without even realizing it. The massive spiral galaxy appears as a…

3 years ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 454: Things We’re Looking Forward To

As we wrap up season 10 of Astronomy Cast, we look forward to all the instruments, missions and science results…

6 years ago

Rise of the Super Telescopes: Why We Build Them

The Super Telescopes are set to advance our understanding of the Universe, and it can all be traced back to…

6 years ago