Observatories

Japan Suspends its Funding for the 30-Meter Telescope

Japan has suspended its funding contribution to the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in Hawaii. An international consortium is behind…

5 months ago

Good-bye Spitzer. We’ll Miss You But We Won’t Forget You.

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has reached the end of its life. Its mission was to study objects in the infrared,…

6 months ago

Great News! The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Might be Named for Vera Rubin

The U.S. House of Representatives have passed a bill to change the name of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST.)…

1 year ago

Ep. 534: Modern South African Astronomy

You know the drill now. Last week we talked about ancient south African astronomy, and so this week we'll talk…

1 year ago

Ep. 528: Modern Astronomy of the American Southwest

Last week we talked about the ancient astronomy of the American Southwest. But this is actually Pamela's stomping grounds, and…

1 year ago

First Cosmic Event Observed in Both Gravitational Waves and Light

About 130 million years ago, in a galaxy far away, two neutron stars collided. The cataclysmic crash produced gravitational waves,…

3 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…

3 years ago

Rise Of The Super Telescopes: The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

When the WFIRST observatory comes online in the mid 2020s, it will take images 100 times larger than the Hubble.

3 years ago

Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Giant Magellan Telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope is being built in Chile by a consortium of nations. It should see first light in…

3 years ago

Arecibo Observatory Back in Action Following Earthquake Damage

Damage to the iconic Arecibo Observatory from an earthquake earlier this year has been repaired and the telescope is now…

6 years ago