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405th Anniversary of Galileo's Telescope: Looking Back on How Past Innovation Influenced the Future of Astronomy

Dr. Patrick McCarthy | Posted 08.27.2014 | Science
Dr. Patrick McCarthy

Four hundred five years ago this week, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope to members of the Venetian senate in the Plaza San Marco. This presentation on Aug. 25, 1609, marks the birth of the astronomical telescope and the launching of a scientific revolution.

Forget Space Travel: Build This Telescope

Seth Shostak | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science
Seth Shostak

If the type of telescope described here can be built, then the tyranny of distance is vanquished. You can forget deep space probes and their long travel times. We could explore alien worlds in the comfort of our own homes, as our laptops scroll and zoom through data sets collected by a mammoth, space-based telescope array.

Saving the World With Science

Mehroz Baig | Posted 03.24.2014 | Science
Mehroz Baig

As someone who's taken a fair share of science classes, I know that it can be difficult to tie the daily homework assignments of configuring compounds in chemistry or calculating velocity in physics to a broader world perspective.

WATCH: Huge New Telescope Hit By Labor Dispute

natureheader | Alexandra Witze | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science

Less than half a year after the inauguration of a US$1.4-billion radio telescope array in Chile, astronomical observations have ceased because of a la...

NASA Switches Off Aging Space Telescope

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.01.2013 | Science

NASA has turned off a decade-old space telescope, a year after loaning the orbiting instrument to a university that operated it with private funding....

Ants and Stars

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 08.16.2013 | Technology
Jasmina Tesanovic

As we approached the giant radio telescope in rural Sardinia, I found myself implausibly dressed in a light summer frock: a Brazilian one, lavishly de...

Asteroid's Stupendous Tail Is WAY Longer Than We Thought

Posted 06.03.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 06/03/2013 10:18 AM EDT on SPACE.com An odd asteroid's peculiar tail is far longer than previously thought, stretching ne...

Southern Observatory Snaps Image Of Never-Before-Seen Planet

Posted 06.03.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 06/03/2013 09:17 AM EDT on SPACE.com A newly discovered gaseous planet has been directly photographed orbiting a star...

NASA Space Telescope Is Broken

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science

LOS ANGELES — NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope is broken, potentially jeopardizing the search for other worlds where life could exist outs...

Strange 'Polluted' Stars Discovered By Space Telescope

Posted 05.14.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon Published: 05/14/2013 11:42 AM EDT on SPACE.com Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered two dead stars 150 ...

Spectacular Supernova Sparks Major Debate

Posted 04.21.2013 | Science

By John Matson All supernovae are bright. When a star ends its life in a cataclysmic explosion, it emits a burst of energy and light that can outshi...

David Freeman

Powerful New Observatory Inaugurated At High-Desert Site

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Science

ATACAMA DESERT, CHILE -- Astronomers from around the world gathered here today for the long-awaited inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submi...

Warning Sign Portends Star Explosion

Posted 02.12.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 02/11/2013 04:03 PM EST on SPACE.com Forecasting when stars will die in giant explosions may one day be possible ...

LOOK: Sharpest Images Ever Of Sun's Hottest Layer

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.23.2012 | Science

The sun's million-degree atmosphere is fierce, fiery, and flaming in a series of recent close-ups, which are the highest-resolution images ever taken ...

Asteroid Hunters Unveil Bold Plan To Protect Planet

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 08.28.2012 | Science

LOS ANGELES -- Who will protect us from a killer asteroid? A team of ex-NASA astronauts and scientists thinks it's up to them. In a bold plan unveile...

TONIGHT: Mercury, Moon Visible In Night Sky

Posted 06.21.2012 | Science

By: Geoff Gaherty Published: 06/20/2012 10:42 AM EDT on SPACE.com As the moon makes its monthly journey around the Earth, it has regular close e...

Space Agency Kills Major Program

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 06.07.2012 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA killed a new X-ray telescope mission on Thursday, two years before its planned launch. The Gravity and Extreme Magnetism...

NASA Accepts Enormous Gift From Unlikely Source

AP | Posted 06.05.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON -- NASA has received a gift from an unexpected source – the nation's satellite spy agency. The space agency confirmed Monday that it...

Record-Setting Megatelescope Inspires International Rivalry

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2012 | Science

(Reuters) - A decision on where to site the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, either South Africa or Australia and New Zealand, could be m...

Weird Galaxy's Dark Heart Emits Huge Amounts Of Energy

Posted 05.16.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 05/16/2012 09:25 AM EDT on SPACE.com A telescope in Chile has caught a spectacular new view of a peculiar galaxy ...

Space Scientists Beaming Over Historic Super Earth Discovery

Posted 05.11.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 05/08/2012 05:59 PM EDT on SPACE.com Light from an alien "super-Earth" twice the size of our own Earth has ...

Odd Galaxy Spied By Space Telescope Said Among First Of Its Kind

Posted 04.25.2012 | Science

It's called the Sombrero galaxy--and no wonder. Whereas some galaxies are round and others (including our Milky Way) are shaped like disks, the one sp...

TONIGHT: Prime Time For Viewing Venus In Evening Sky

Posted 04.14.2012 | Science

By: Joe Rao Published: 04/13/2012 08:36 PM EDT on SPACE.com The planet Venus is now at its peak of visibility in the evening sky this weekend, mak...

THIS WEEKEND: Best Time To See Saturn

Posted 04.13.2012 | Science

By: Geoff Gaherty Published: 04/11/2012 05:04 PM EDT on SPACE.com When amateur astronomers reflect on the most memorable sights of their lifetim...

Space Scientists Pinpoint Best Time To Observe Moon

Posted 03.30.2012 | Science

By: Geoff Gaherty Published: 03/30/2012 06:46 AM EDT on SPACE.com The moon is a reliable skywatching target for many amateur astronomers and now ...