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SOFIA in flight

Professional Telescopes

SOFIA Airborne Observatory Has Taken Its Final Flight

The flying observatory has been grounded due to its lofty price-tag and questionable productivity, causing an outcry among astronomers

Orion Nebula by Webb

Professional Telescopes

Webb's Dazzling Views of the Orion Nebula

The James Webb Space Telescope has provided its first views of the Orion Nebula, revealing infant stars and the filaments that feed them.

Hubble vs Webb comparison

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Hubble's Future in the Webb Era

Even though it's far past its warranty, Hubble is still proving its worth in this new era that includes the James Webb Space Telescope.

Carina Nebula

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

What We See in the First Science Images from the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope released its first science images today. Here's what these images show us.

Webb's first deep field

Professional Telescopes

What the James Webb Space Telescope's First Year Will Reveal

The James Webb Space Telescope's first year of observations promises to reveal exoplanet atmospheres and surfaces, infant galaxies, and maybe even the first black holes.

Kitt Peak fire

Astronomy and Society

Wildfire Threatens Kitt Peak National Observatory

The Contreras wildfire has been threatening the historic Kitt Peak National Observatory in southern Arizona.

ISS view of Earth at night

Professional Telescopes

Is “Slow Science” the Answer to Astronomy's Carbon Footprint?

The first quantitative assessment of professional telescopes’ carbon footprint finds that these facilities contribute more emissions than all other astronomy research activities combined.

JWST

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

What Will the James Webb Space Telescope Uncover?

The soon-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope should shed light on exoplanet atmospheres and peer back to the universe's first stars.

Peculiar galaxies

Professional Telescopes

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Is Back in Action

After a tense month, the Hubble Space Telescope resumed operations this past weekend.

Overhead view of Arecibo cleanup

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Arecibo's To-be-determined Future

As cleanup operations are underway at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, some scientists are proposing a replacement for the esteemed radio dish.

Apollo 15 site

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Green Bank Tests New Planetary Radar

A newly installed planetary radar system on the Green Bank Radio Telescope will probe the solar system in detail.

Pulsar detected by FAST

Professional Telescopes

China Opens World's Largest Radio Telescope to International Scientists

Scientists outside China will be allocated around 10% of observation time on its gigantic radio telescope following the collapse of Arecibo.

Artist’s impression of a binary neutron star and the gravitational waves the system emits.

Professional Telescopes

How to Warn of Imminent Neutron Star Collisions

What if gravitational-wave observatories could send out alerts right after — or even before — receiving signals of neutron star collisions?

Arecibo damage

Professional Telescopes

The Arecibo Telescope Has Collapsed [Video]

The Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico has collapsed less than two weeks after officials announced it was too dangerous to attempt repairs.

Arecibo dish damage

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Iconic Arecibo Telescope Damaged, To Be Dismantled

The iconic Arecibo telescope, damaged by two cable failures within three months, is beyond repair.

Arecibo

Professional Telescopes

Another Cable Snaps at the Arecibo Observatory

Engineers are looking at stabilizing the dish, as the Arecibo Observatory has suffered a second cable failure.

Mount Wilson wildfire

Astronomy and Society

Mount Wilson Escapes Wildfire; Amateur Observatory Destroyed

Firefighting crews held the line as wildfire threatened Mount Wilson; an amateur observatory built by the Tri-Valley Stargazers was not so lucky.

Lick Observatory

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Historic Lick Observatory Survives California Fire

The Lick Observatory, a major astronomical institution outside San Jose, has survived a devastating California wildfire mostly unscathed.

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Iconic Arecibo Radio Dish Damaged

A broken support cable at the Arecibo radio observatory brings operations to a halt.

James Webb Space Telescope system test

Professional Telescopes

New Launch Date for James Webb Space Telescope

NASA has delayed its beleaguered James Webb Space Telescope to October 2021, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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