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Old Radio Telescope Restored for New Uses

Abandoned for 25 years, a 12-meter antenna once used during the Cold War is now introducing astronomy students to the radio universe.

WFIRST in space.

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

WFIRST: Next Decade's Space Telescope

NASA is commencing work on the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), the successor to the Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescopes.

Astro-H Launch

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New X-ray Observatory Takes to the Skies

Japan’s newest X-ray satellite, Hitomi (formerly Astro-H), promises to reveal the hot and hidden universe.

Black Holes

Gravitational Wave Detection Heralds New Era

LIGO scientists have announced the direct detection of gravitational waves, a discovery that won't just open a new window on the cosmos — it'll smash the door wide open.

Assembling JWST primary mirror

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Mirror Assembled for Hubble's Successor

NASA has assembled the primary mirror for the James Webb Space Telescope, a big step on the way to the telescope’s October 2018 launch.

Aerial view of LIGO Hanford

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About The LIGO Gravitational-Wave Rumor. . .

Gossip is racing around the physics and astronomy community: has LIGO finally heard its first black-hole merger? Here’s the reality.

MCAT

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Unique Scope Searches for Space Junk

NASA's new remote observatory located on a windswept island in the mid-Atlantic provides a critical capability for tracking space junk.

Earth on October 19, 2015

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DSCOVRing Earth

An innovative Earth-observing satellite now shows near-daily views of our home planet online.

Aerial view of LIGO Hanford

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Advanced LIGO On the Hunt

What exciting new discoveries await astronomers in the field of gravitational wave astronomy?

High-Definition Space Telescope (HDST)

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

High Definition Space Telescope — Hubble’s Successor?

A proposal released earlier this month calls for a giant orbiting space telescope that may revolutionize astronomy.

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New Ultra-Deep Star Catalog Released

With the initial release of the USNO's Robotic Astrometric Catalog (URAT1), astronomers now have precise positions for about 228 million stars in the northern sky. Given my love of stone walls, I've been thinking about building one in the backyard to enclose the flower beds. But I haven't had the…

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Microwave Ovens Spark Radio Signals

After 17 years, researchers using the Parkes radio telescope in Australia have identified the culprit behind a mysterious type of radio signal: two on-site microwave ovens.

TMT protest on April 2, 2015

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More Discord Over Thirty Meter Telescope

Clashes over building the premier telescope in the Northern Hemisphere and preserving Mauna Kea as a sacred site have intensified.

David Dunlap Observatory

People, Places, and Events

Amateurs Given David Dunlap Observatory

After serving as caretakers of Canada's largest telescope for years, volunteers from the RASC's Toronto club have been given the historic facility outright.

eagle nebula in visible and infrared

Stellar Science

New Look at Eagle Nebula

The Hubble Space Telescope is commemorating its 25th anniversary with a second look at the Pillars of Creation — but there’s hard science behind these pretty pictures.

Lick's Great Refractor

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Lick Observatory Gets a Reprieve

Last year the University of California ordered its astronomers to make historic Lick Observatory self-supporting by 2018. Now there's been a change of heart, and the university will continue to pay for its operation.

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ALMA Image Reveals Planetary Genesis

An ALMA submillimeter-wavelength image unveils the dawn of planet formation around a surprisingly young star in unprecedented detail.

UKIRT

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Closure Averted for World-Class Observatory

The University of Hawai'i, in partnership with the University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin, will sustain operations of the UKIRT infrared telescope.

Aerial view of Thirty Meter Telescope

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Work Begins on Thirty Meter Telescope

Officials proceeded with groundbreaking ceremonies for the world's largest optical telescope on October 7th amid protests from native Hawaiians who oppose it.

Star before and after adaptive optics

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Next-Gen Adaptive Optics

The Subaru Telescope has donned a new pair of glasses called Raven, a multi-object adaptive optics system that enables astronomers to correct for atmospheric turbulence over an unprecedented field of view.

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