Telescope

LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, Hubble get checked by Dr. Kathy Sullivan

LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, Hubble get checked by Dr. Kathy Sullivan

Former astronaut and history-maker Dr. Kathy Sullivan joined NASA for an inspection of the next major LEGO set. This is the LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, complete with built-in and deployable Hubble Space Telescope. As part of the NASA STS-31 mission, Dr. Sullivan played an essential part in the planning of Hubble and deployment of the space telescope with Discovery. Now she's here to make sure the LEGO set is on-point.

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The University of Arizona is building mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope

The University of Arizona is building mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope

Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on massive mirrors that will make it easier for telescopes to peer deep into space. The mirror being worked on by the University will be used in the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) that's under construction in Chile. Despite being a terrestrial telescope, thanks in part to the new mirrors, the GMT will view the heavens more clearly and see deeper into the cosmos than the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Red supergiant’s dim history unraveled by Hubble Space Telescope

Red supergiant’s dim history unraveled by Hubble Space Telescope

NASA researchers have published a new study that sheds light on the reason why the red supergiant VY Canis Majoris has grown dim, citing a phenomenon similar to the one that caused Betelgeuse to grow temporarily dim last year. The new findings were made possible using data gathered by the aging Hubble Space Telescope.

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Canon 5D Mark III mounted on a satellite snaps photos of earth

Canon 5D Mark III mounted on a satellite snaps photos of earth

There's a Canon camera on a satellite right now that you can use to "take photos" of Earth. This camera is part of an interactive demonstration of the powers of the camera - coupled with a 40cm telescope - pointed at our planet. The camera that's mounted to the company's CE-SAT-I satellite is a "lightly modified" Canon 5D Mark III DSLR.

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China now has the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope

China now has the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope

The iconic Arecibo radio telescope had another cable snap recently, resulting in the complete collapse and destruction of the telescope. It was the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, but with its demise, China now lays claim to that title. The Chinese Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is now the largest and last massive single-dish radio telescope globally.

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