Strange an inexplicable radio signals detected by the Parkes telescope puzzled scientists. Could these be signs of alien life? In the end, the source of the signals was traced to something closer to home and a little more domestic.
The European Space Agency launched a new satellite, Thursday, which is expected to "boldly go where no satellite has gone before," providing the most accurate three-dimensional map of our part of the Milky Way.
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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope managed to capture the dimming of a star more than 215-light-years away, alerting scientists to the presence of a tiny planet passing between the star and Earth.
Australia and South Africa agreed in the Netherlands Friday of sharing the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope, the world's most powerful radio telescope. The SKA telescope is believed to be strong enough to detect extraterrestrial life.
Astronomers have unexpectedly discovered two of the largest black holes ever seen in the universe. The black holes are millions of times larger and denser than any previously recorded: large enough to swallow out solar system many times over.
Astronomers have made a detailed analysis of the dwarf planet Eris, located at the edge of our solar system. The findings indicate that Eris has very similar dimensions and physical features to Pluto. The news represents a major astronomical discovery.
Federal government cuts have shut down the radio telescope used by SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Ironically, it was a form of alien intelligence, for want of a better description, that shut it down- Accountancy.
NASA's SOFIA flying observatory recently completed the second series of envelope-expansion flight tests with its telescope door open. The airborne observatory will begin infrared astronomy missions late this year.
China has been aggressively showing its ambition for space exploration over the past two years. After launching the nation's first lunar probe -- Chang'E-1 -- in 2007, now a giant radio telescope is being built in Shanghai for space data collection.
The Hubble is one of the most complex space telescopes ever launched. It has recently undergone major surgery but astronomers have declared it completely rejuvenated and have now released the first new images from the 19 year old observatory.
Two celestial bodies have crashed into each other with such force that one of them vaporized. The collision is said to have been powerful enough to melt glass, and is comparable to the impact that created the moon.
Microsoft is preparing to release their "World Wide Telescope" product which is likely to make history. The product is a desktop app that renders a tiled tour of high resolution, zoomable images of the entire night sky.
The Antares is a Cherenkov detector being built in the Mediterranean Sea. The name means Astronomy with a Neutrino Telescope and Abyss environmental RESearch. When completed ANTARES will observe the universe by looking through the Earth.
NASA engineers and scientists building the James Webb Space Telescope have created a new telescope technology called "microshutters." Microshutters are tiny doorways the width of a few hairs that will allow the telescope to view the most distant stars and
NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy 747SP checks out operation of its telescope cavity doors while a NASA F/A-18 mission support aircraft keeps pace alongside during a test flight in preparation for Early Science missions.
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Artist's illustration of the proposed Thirty-Meter Telescope at the location site on Mauna Kea.
The 7 large optical telescope allow students to observe detailed images of objects in space - from the nearby Sun, Moon, planets and asteroids, through star clusters and nebulae, to galaxies hundreds of millions of light-years away.