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Scientists are hunting for black holes on the South Pole

Researchers believe its difficult-to-access telescope will allow them to see into the center of the Milky Way

This Custom Shipping Container For Telescope Parts Is Fantastic

18 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The James Webb Space Telescope takes carefully packing parts to new extremes: the packaging for the latest shipment weighted more than fifty times the actual part! This is the Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea, the shipping container for telescopes. Read more...

Are we alone? Do we want to know?

21 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

It was near Green Bank, W.Va., in 1960 that a young radio astronomer named Frank Drake conducted the first extensive search for alien civilizations in deep space. He aimed the 85-foot dish of a radio telescope at two nearby, sun-like stars, tuning to a frequency he thought an alien civilization might use for interstellar communication.Read full article >>

New sky-scanning instrument discovers 26 distant galaxies in just 27 hours

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

A new instrument on Europe’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has produced the most detailed 3-D view yet of the deep Universe, discovering 26 distant galaxies in just 27 hours of scanning, its operators said Friday. MUSE, for Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer, captures high-resolution images of...

Start Your Weekend With The Hubble Space Telescope's Planetarium Clips

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

You may not own your own private planetarium — or if you do, can we come over to your house? But you can still experience a journey through the wonders of space, thanks to four new "fulldome" planetarium clips, released by the Hubble Space Telescope. They're available in 4K and 8K resolution. Read more...

Wink and Zoom In: Swiss Researchers Develop High-Tech Telescopic Contact Lenses

All eyes were on a team of researchers who unveiled their new high-tech contact lenses earlier this month at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) in San Jose, California. Optics specialist...Show More Summary

ESO's MUSE instrument grants astronomers a 3D map of Hubble's Deep Field South region

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

ESO's Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument, which is mounted on the Very Large Telescope based in the Paranal Observatory, Chile, has been focusing in on a tiny patch in the night sky previously featured in Hubble's Deep Field South image (HDF-S). Show More Summary

Looking deeply into the universe in 3-D

The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. After staring at the Hubble Deep Field South region for only 27 hours, the new observations reveal the distances, motions and other properties of far more galaxies than ever before in this tiny piece of the sky. Show More Summary

There May Be a Huge Number of Unobserved Dwarf Spiral Galaxies --"Could Have Profound Consequences" (Today's Most Popular)

“Finding objects like Kks3 is painstaking work, even with observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope," said Dimitry Makarov, of the Special Astrophysical Observatory. "But with persistence, we’re slowly building up a map of our local neighborhood, which turns out to...

Here's a Solid Gold Telescoping Lightsaber Scaled to Vintage Star Wars Figures

5 days agoHumor : Topless Robot

If Luke Skywalker ever has to fight Cybermen, this would be the way to do it. And if you know anyone who wants to pay a thousand dollars for an accessory that forces you to modify the figure fi...

IN THE MAIL: From David Drake & John Lambshead, Into the Maelstrom (Citizen). Plus, today only a…

IN THE MAIL: From David Drake & John Lambshead, Into the Maelstrom (Citizen). Plus, today only at Amazon: Up to 80% Off Select JLab Headphones. And, also today only: Celestron FirstScope Telescope, $33.99 (32% off).

Space telescopes uncover supermassive black hole winds

Supermassive black holes are titanic oddities. Usually sited at the core of galaxies and various high-energy phenomena such as quasars, their mass can be anywhere from that of a hundred thousand to billions of suns. Now observationsShow More Summary

Cheap USB Control for your Telescope

There’s many complex systems for automatically pointing a telescope at an object in the sky, but most of them are too expensive for the amateur astronomer. [Kevin]’s Arduino ST4 interface lets you connect your PC to a reasonably priced motorized telescope mount, without ripping it apart. The ST4 port is a very basic interface. Show More Summary

Take Photos of Space with Your Smartphone, Filters, and a Telescope

If you've ever tried to take a picture of the moon with your smartphone, you know it's basically impossible to get anything better than an over-exposed, white blip. However, it's possible to take great pictures with your smartphone as long as you have a decent telescope. Andrew Symes of Canadian Astronomy explains how. Read more...

Hubble photo of a star can help scientists study how planets are born

The Hubble telescope has already taken a picture of the Beta Pictoris, a 20-million-year-old star surrounded by a large disk of dust and gas located 63.4 light years from our solar system, back in 1997. But in 2009, scientists discovered a giant plan...

Discussing Illness Without Alienating the Ill

The arts offer an unthreatening microscope and telescope to examine stories, which we can adapt to our own healing.

Our Best View Of A Stellar Debris Disk Warped By A Massive Exoplanet

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope have released the most detailed picture ever taken of a circumstellar debris disk viewed edge-on. It's the only picture we have of a protoplanetary disk with an actual planet orbiting within it. Read more...

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