Tag: telescope

Apr 10, 2019

The Incredible Teamwork Behind the First Ever Image of a Black Hole

EHT Collaboration

The EHT linked 8 telescopes around the globe to form an unprecedented ‘Earth-sized telescope’

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Jul 20, 2018

The 3000mm Zoom on this Nikon Coolpix P1000 is Ridiculous

The 3000mm Zoom on this Nikon Coolpix P1000 is Ridiculous

Pretty impressive.. and a tad creepy

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Jul 3, 2018

Putting the Pillars of Creation Into Perspective

Putting the Pillars of Creation Into Perspective

You know it’s big when a little dot is a 170 billion kilometres long..

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Mar 22, 2018

Guy Takes Giant Telescope Around LA and Shows People the Moon Up Close

Guy Takes Giant Telescope Around LA and Shows People the Moon Up Close

He went around LA to give strangers an up-close look at a familiar object; one we might sometimes take for granted

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Feb 27, 2018

Casting the Mirror for the World’s Largest Telescope

Casting the Mirror for the World’s Largest Telescope

The castings of the 15-metric ton, off-axis mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope forced engineers to push the design and manufacturing process beyond all previous limits

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Mar 24, 2016

Picture of the Day: Jupiter’s Moon Io Casts a Shadow as It Transits Jupiter

Picture of the Day: Jupiter’s Moon Io Casts a Shadow as It Transits Jupiter

Did you know Io’s shadow sails across the face of Jupiter at 38,000 mph (17 kilometers per second)!

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Jan 6, 2015

Picture of the Day: Pillars of Creation Redux

Picture of the Day: Pillars of Creation Redux

Photograph by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Although NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view of the so-called “Pillars of Creation.” The jaw-dropping photo, taken in 1995, revealed never-before-seen details of three giant columns of cold…

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Mar 16, 2014

Picture of the Day: Sidewalk Astronomy

Picture of the Day: Sidewalk Astronomy

SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY Photograph by piranhasaurusTex on reddit How cool is this! Spotted at a parking lot in Houston, Texas (Memorial Drive and Dairy Ashford Road) was this guy with a ‘Dobsonian‘ telescope and a sign that reads: This is a telescope. Come take a look at Jupiter. Free According to Wikipedia:…

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Aug 13, 2013

Picture of the Day: A Rose Made of Galaxies

Picture of the Day: A Rose Made of Galaxies

A ROSE MADE OF GALAXIES Photograph by NASA/ESA/STScI/AURA In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., pointed Hubble’s eye to an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of the spiral galaxies,…

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May 25, 2013

Picture of the Day: Observing Mars in 1926

Picture of the Day: Observing Mars in 1926

OBSERVING MARS IN 1926 Photograph via Smithsonian Institution In this photo from 1926, we see George A. Van Biesbroeck (1880-1974), an astronomer at Yerkes Observatory, observing Mars when it approached close to the Earth that year. Van Biesbroeck is shown using the observatory’s 40 inch refracting telescope, the largest of its kind…

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