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The World's Largest Telescope Is Being Built So We Can Finally Find Aliens
A video touting the ELT says it's the biggest telescope currently under construction and could be the first to spot aliens.
Massive Telescope Will Be Upgraded to Study the Nearest Exoplanets to Earth
Proxima b is the closest known exoplanet to our solar system. Now the Very Large Telescope will look for its neighbors.
Start Rolling Your Blunts: Spherical Planetarium Videos Are Here
Pair these videos with some spacedub made from ripples in the curvature of spacetime, and send your mind to the stars.
Proof the Milky Way Is the Greatest Light Show Ever
The APEX Telescope’s giant new image shows the Milky Way as you've never seen it before.
Astronomers Find the Most Massive Overlapping Star System Ever
Some like it hot. As in “40,000 degrees Celsius” hot.
This Young Star Is a Window Into the Sun’s Past
Astronomers glimpse the innermost region of a developing star.
Astronomers Capture the Birth of the Universe’s First ‘Normal’ Galaxies
“For the first time we are seeing early galaxies not merely as tiny blobs, but as objects with internal structure!”
An Old Astronomical Rule Says There Should Be Way More Habitable Planets
And researchers are applying the theory to findings from NASA's planet-hunting Kepler satellite with interesting results.
Drive a Huge Telescope in this Space Observatory Game
An engineer at the European Southern Observatory made a browser game based on the world's largest telescope project.
The World's Biggest Optical Telescope is European and Extremely Large
While the United States' space program may be withering up into a sad nostalgic raisin, at least the Europeans are still thinking extremely large. Member states of the European Southern Observatory and a number of partners, including Brazil, have...
The World's Largest, Most Complex Telescope Opens Its Eyes for the First Time
The world’s newest, largest and most complicated telescope is now officially open for astronomy. Located high in the deserts of Chile, the European Southern Observatory’s Atacama Large Millimetre/sub-millimetre Array (ALMA)
Bask in the Explosive Brilliance of the Fried Egg Nebula
There's a curious breed of person who wanders the world's beaches and mini-malls, in all of their leathery, charred glory: the tanning addict. No matter how many hours they bake, basted in oil, the Sun simply isn't strong enough for them. Luckily...