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The Hubble Space Telescope has reshaped our understanding of the cosmos and dazzled the public with images of deep space. Hubble isn’t the only scientific eye in the sky. Since its launch in 1990, Hubble has been joined by a fleet of orbital observatories. Learn about six other great telescopes — and one more that is still to come.
Today, cutting-edge astronomers use space-based observatories to gain a sharp view of the stars and advance our understanding of the cosmos. But appreciation for celestial bodies dates back to ancient times. Many cultures built structures in ways that suggest they were in tune with Earth’s annual trek around the sun. Other structures appear to take constellations and planets into account. Learn about 10 of these ancient observatories.
The most detailed x-ray image yet of one of the youngest known supernova remnants—the debris cloud created when a massive star explodes—solves a long-standing mystery about how the star died, an astronomer announced on Tuesday.
From December 19 to 23—if the weather cooperates—20 lucky people a day will crowd into an ancient Irish monument’s main chamber. There, they’ll bathe in 17 minutes of light put off by the rising sun on the shortest days of the year.
This year about 28,000 people applied to take part in the ritual at the Newgrange monument, located in the Irish countryside in County Meath, reports the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Center.