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Telescopes & Astronomical Tools

GAIA Sees Falling Stars

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) GAIA mission was looking for stars being ejected from the Milky Way galaxy by the center’s supermassive black hole.

New Space Junk Catchers

A range of new techniques to deal with space junk removal in orbit around Earth are being revealed, using robotic arms, nets, harpoons, and magnets. One interesting problem is their size variances.

Space App Camp

This year from February 26th to March 2nd, a Space App Camp was held at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

2016, One Second Longer

The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service ((IERS) is responsible for keeping Earth’s real time in sync with our clock time.

China's FAST Radio Telescope

The Chinese Academy of Sciences erected the largest single-dish radio telescope on Earth. The Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) has an area equal to 30 soccer fields!


Astrometry is the science of charting the night sky. The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the first space mission to compile a new stellar catalog in 1989.

Exo-Neptune Has Clear Skies

Using three space telescopes, Hubble, Spitzer, and Kepler, astronomers have discovered an exoplanet with clear skies and steamy water vapor.


NASA develops new technology to push the boundaries and limitations of space. Those technologies can benefit life on Earth as well.


NASA has chosen 16 small satellites to be launched aboard rockets in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

WISE Spacecraft

The last launch for NASA this year is the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) scheduled for December 9th.

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