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  1. -07-15-07 Great Canary Telescope Opens (MSNBC News)
      "One of the world's largest and most powerful telescopes opened its shutters, turned its 34-foot wide mirror toward the skies and captured its first light at a mountaintop on one of Spain's Canary Islands on Saturday." 07-07

  1. Best Ever Picture of Mars (
      "The image can resolve features on the surface of Mars measuring just 27 kilometres across. 'These are the best that have ever been, and will ever be, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope,' says Michael Wolff of the Space Science Institute in Colorado, US." 8-03

  2. Messier Catalog of Objects in the Night Sky (
      Provides a list and description (including small picture) of objects visible in the night sky with a small amateur telescope. 7-02

  3. New Land-Based "Adaptive" Telescope (
      "According to astronomer Francois Rigaut, who led the team that built the new hardware, its images rival the Hubble's for sharpness, and in a press release, Matt Mountain, director of the Hubble's home base, the Space Telescope Science Institute, called the image quality 'incredible.' " 02-12

  4. Observing the Sun and Solar Eclipses (Solar Center)
      Provides methods to safely "observe" the sun. Never look directly at the sun or view the sun through binoculars. Never look at the sun through a telescope without specially designed filters. Viewing the sun directly or through lenses can cause permanent damage to your eyes, even blindness. 3-02

  5. Webb, the Greatest Space Telescope (
      "For the Webb, cold isn't just an obstacle: it's a necessity if the telescope is going to work. Astronomers have learned that many of the biggest unanswered questions of their field How and when did the very first stars appear? How were the galaxies assembled from those stars? How do planets form? Does the chemistry of distant planets' atmospheres suggest the existence of life? are best answered by looking in infrared, not visible light. To detect the faint glow of infrared, a telescope works best if it's as cold as possible, so that heat from the telescope itself doesn't contaminate the signal. In space, that's no problem." 02-12


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