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How to Tell If You Need a Telescope or Binoculars to See Cool Things in Space

When people think about astronomy—even amateur, backyard astronomy—the first piece of equipment that probably comes to mind is a telescope. And that makes sense, given that they’re what we see the pros using in observatories, and have become pop culture shorthand for a person (usually a child or young adult) who is…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Construction Of The World’s Biggest Radio Telescope Is Officially Underway

The construction of the Square Kilometre Array Observatory is finally scheduled to begin next month, after the project spent seven years in the design and engineering phase. When it’s completed, the SKA Observatory will be the biggest radio telescope on Earth, with a collecting area that will cover over one kilometer. Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Watch the SpaceX’s Falcon9 Blow Up Over the Atlantic Ocean Live Sunday

SpaceX was expected to perform an escape test for the Falcon9 rocket Saturday, but had to reschedule the event to Sunday “due to poor splashdown and recovery weather.” Instead, the test has been rescheduled for Sunday, with the 6-hour test window opening up officially at 8am ET.Read more… Continue Reading at

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I Made Amazing Images of Galaxies and Nebulas in Minutes Using This Idiot-Proof Automatic Telescope

Steven Bellavia couldn’t find the astrophotography setup he wanted, so he built his own. The engineer’s “Bellavia Mini” combined decades of expertise and a love of telescope building into an observatory that fits in the back of his car. Bellavia labored over perfecting every element—the optical tube is made from wood,…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Is Running Out of Fuel and May Not Have Much More Time

NASA’s storied Kepler Space Telescope—the craft which has discovered thousands of exoplanets since its launch in 2009—is entering the retirement phase of its lifespan. NASA announced on Friday that Kepler staff had “received an indication that the spacecraft fuel tank is running very low” and “placed the spacecraft in…Read more… Continue Reading at

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