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Trilobites: A Wider-Eyed Watchdog of the Clutter Surrounding Earth

Trilobites: A Wider-Eyed Watchdog of the Clutter Surrounding Earth

The Darpa Space Surveillance Telescope can view 10,000 objects in space at a time. Built in New Mexico, it will be transferred to Australia.
Trilobites: A Wider-Eyed Watchdog of the Clutter Surrounding Earth

Trilobites: A Wider-Eyed Watchdog of the Clutter Surrounding Earth

The Darpa Space Surveillance Telescope can view 10,000 objects in space at a time. Built in New Mexico, it will be transferred to Australia.
Canary Islands Are Alternate Site for Planned Mauna Kea Telescope

Canary Islands Are Alternate Site for Planned Mauna Kea Telescope

An artist’s rendition of the giant $1.4 billion telescope.
Trilobites: The Biggest Digital Map of the Cosmos Ever Made

Trilobites: The Biggest Digital Map of the Cosmos Ever Made

A composite image of the sky visible over Hawaii made over four years from a half-million exposures by the Pan-Starrs1 Observatory. If printed at full resolution, the researchers say, this photograph
Jerry Nelson, Designer of the Segmented Telescope, Dies at 73

Jerry Nelson, Designer of the Segmented Telescope, Dies at 73

Jerry Nelson peering into a mirror at the Lick Observatory. Mr. Nelson, an astronomer, helped design a telescope that has become a model for many advanced modern-day telescopes.
A College Town Gets Ready for Its Moment Under No Sun

A College Town Gets Ready for Its Moment Under No Sun

Preparing for the eclipse: clockwise from top left: Gary Williams, Randy Johnson, Bob Baer, Jeremy Clow, Cinnamon Smith, Jasmyn Taylor.
A College Town Gets Ready for Its Moment Under No Sun

A College Town Gets Ready for Its Moment Under No Sun

Preparing for the eclipse: clockwise from top left: Gary Williams, Randy Johnson, Bob Baer, Jeremy Clow, Cinnamon Smith, Jasmyn Taylor.
Giant Telescope Atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Should Be Approved, Judge Says

Giant Telescope Atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Should Be Approved, Judge Says

An artist’s rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope complex. A judge recommended on Wednesday that the board issue a new permit.
Giant Telescope Atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Should Be Approved, Judge Says

Giant Telescope Atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Should Be Approved, Judge Says

An artist’s rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope complex. A judge recommended on Wednesday that the board issue a new permit.
Out There: The Eclipse That Revealed the Universe

Out There: The Eclipse That Revealed the Universe

A view of the 1919 solar eclipse, observed in Sobral, Brazil. Arthur Eddington set out to verify Einstein’s prediction that gravity could affect the course of starlight.
Scientists to Take Flight for Longer Views of the Eclipse

Scientists to Take Flight for Longer Views of the Eclipse

Louis Lussier, the research aircraft project manager at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, with the Gulfstream V that will be used to study the sun during the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
Vocations: When the Universe Calls

Vocations: When the Universe Calls

Dean Regas, an outreach astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory.
Cassini Is Gone. Here Are the Next Space Missions to Watch Out For.

Cassini Is Gone. Here Are the Next Space Missions to Watch Out For.

An image sent from NASA’s Opportunity rover shows “Wdowiak Ridge,” on Mars. The rover will be joined by a handful of other craft in the coming years.
LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time

LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time

An artist’s rendering of the merger of two neutron stars from Aug. 17.
Trilobites: Astronomers Race to Study a Mystery Object From Outside Our Solar System

Trilobites: Astronomers Race to Study a Mystery Object From Outside Our Solar System

Astronomers say that A/2017 U1 came from outside the solar system and is leaving again.

A Glimpse of Oumuamua

Astronomers have discovered a passing rock from another star — the first interstellar asteroid.
The Saturday Profile: Searching for the (Star) Light at the Vatican Observatory

The Saturday Profile: Searching for the (Star) Light at the Vatican Observatory

Brother Guy Consolmagno, the director of the Vatican Observatory, looking through the “Carte du Ciel” telescope.
The Saturday Profile: Searching for the (Star) Light at the Vatican Observatory

The Saturday Profile: Searching for the (Star) Light at the Vatican Observatory

Brother Guy Consolmagno, the director of the Vatican Observatory, looking through the “Carte du Ciel” telescope.
Trilobites: He Took a Picture of a Supernova While Setting Up His New Camera

Trilobites: He Took a Picture of a Supernova While Setting Up His New Camera

Astronomers using the Swope telescope captured Supernova 2016gkg, between the two red lines, in the galaxy NGC 613, which is 80 million light-years from here.