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These Four Laser Beams Will Create the World’s Most Powerful Fake Stars

Set lasers to star mode. The European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile now has four powerful laser beams with which to create artificial stars in the night sky. Read More >>

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That’s No Fort… it’s an Observatory 

This stunning aerial photograph of the Very Large Telescope platform somehow reminds me of a smaller base in a real time strategy game, like Starcraft or Total Annihilation. 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 >>

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These Linked Telescopes Are the Voltron of Astronomy

How do you create the world's largest virtual optical telescope and the most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory? Teamwork. The Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory combines the visual prowess of four huge telescopes — for the first time ever — to mimic a 130-metre-wide mirror. Read More >>