I Made Amazing Images of Galaxies and Nebulas in Minutes Using This Idiot-Proof Automatic Telescope

Steven Bellavia couldn’t find the astrophotography setup he wanted, so he built his own. The engineer’s “Bellavia Mini” combined decades of expertise and a love of telescope building into an observatory that fits in the back of his car. Bellavia laboured over perfecting every element – the optical tube is made from wood, rather than aluminium, to prevent distortions from temperature changes, for example. Read More >>

This Incredibly Deep Space View Could Solve One of the Mysteries of Our Universe

This is one of the very deepest looks into space we’ll ever see, and when you look at it in comparison to other deep space shots, it reveals something intriguing about our universe. Read More >>

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Inspecting a Giant Telescope Mirror Looks a Lot Like Cleaning Your Garden

This photo of the fourth mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope makes the cleaning and inspection of an incredible piece of engineering looks more like some dudes cleaning out their back garden. Read More >>

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The World’s Largest Radio Telescope Dish Is Taking Shape Like a Giant Puzzle

Within a year, the world’s current largest single-dish radio telescope, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, will lose its title. It will instead be usurped by this: the five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in Pingtang County, China. Read More >>

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These Tiny Antennae Will Help Map Big Bang’s Afterglow 

This awesome piece of scientific equipment is a South Pole Telescope detector wafer at Fermilab’s silicon detector facility. Those swirly figures on its surface that resemble a neotribal tattoo are tiny antennae. But what does the entire instrument do? Fermilab explains the rest: Read More >>

The Giant Magellan Telescope’s Fourth Mirror Melting Is Mesmerising

Mirrors start off as melted glass—and big mirrors need an appropriately large oven to cast properly. It takes a full year to cast segments of the mirrors used to build the Giant Magellan Telescope, and the melting process is elaborate and hypnotic. Read More >>

China’s Robotic Moon Telescope Looking Good After Two Years on Lunar Surface

You may remember that it’s two years since China put its first lunar rover onto the moon. What you might not know, though, is that the lander that took it there also carried a robotic telescope — and now Chinese researchers have described how well it’s been working. Read More >>

Inside the Chamber Where NASA Recreates Space on Earth

Inside Building 32 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas sits Chamber A, a marvel of engineering, cleanliness, and design. It's also the closest you can come to being in space without strapping into a rocket. Read More >>

Your Phone Could Become Part of the World’s Largest Telescope

If you could enlist your smartphone to become part of an earth-sized telescope searching for the source of cosmic rays, would you? Researchers at University of California are hoping you'd say yes—they've developed an app that will leverage the power of one million smartphone cameras to answer one of the great questions about our universe. Read More >>

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Making Stars With Lasers Looks Like Tron Made Real

Not how to destroy an entire planet, but how humans are able to create a star—with the help of a laser tuned to 589.2 nanometres wavelength. Read More >>

NASA’s Prettiest Spaceship Yet Will Take Photos of Alien Worlds

PlanetQuest is NASA's effort to search for new Earths, exoplanets like ours that would probably contain life too. They're doing some really cool stuff, like this sunflower-telescope combo spaceship—"a cutting-edge effort to take pictures of planets orbiting stars far from the sun." Imagine that—seeing the actual planets! Read More >>

Scottish Scientists Awarded Grant to Build Alien-Detecting Laser Device

A group of Scottish scientists were recently awarded a £250,000 grant to build an infrared laser device to seek out new life (i.e. small, earth-like planets that orbit stars) and new civilisations (planets capable of containing life), and boldly explore where no man has gone before (basically distant solar systems). Read More >>

How the Gaia Telescope Will Scan the Entire Sky

When the Gaia space telescope launches next week, it's going to attempt the biggest astronomy project of all time: it will try and scan the entire sky, capturing images of at least a billion stars in our galaxy. Read More >>

A Private Venture Wants to Build a Telescope on the Moon

There might not be a man on the Moon right now — but there may soon be a gazing eye. A new private venture aims to build a long-range telescope on our planet's little satellite, and it could happen as soon 2016. Read More >>