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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 10:36 am 
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This animation, courtesy of Gizmodo, gives one an idea of the scale of the EELT under construction in Chile.

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According to the European Southern Observatory, this revolutionary new ground-based telescope is going to be ‘Earth’s biggest eye on the sky’: it will have a 39-meter main mirror and will gather 13 times more light than the largest optical telescopes existing today. Moreover, the E-ELT will gather 100 million times more light than the human eye, 8 million times more than Galileo’s telescope, and 26 times more than a single Very Large Telescope Unit.


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http://gizmodo.com/look-how-extremely-l ... 1703844268

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:50 am 
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If you think that's big, check out China's FAST radio telescope currently under construction.

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Those are people around the center.

http://i.imgur.com/qc3AoHi.jpg for a larger version.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:12 am 
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NASA Plans to Build a Gigantic Space Telescope from 2 Tiny CubeSats

https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... -cubesats/

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Scheduled for launch in early 2017, the roughly $1-million mission could pave the way for a new class of instrument that can peer through the sun's glare or at distant alien planets, without requiring a massive single scope.


Infographic of how it works provided along with analysis.

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Atop Mt. Wilson, retired engineers keep alive astronomy's 'Sistine Chapel'

http://www.latimes.com/local/california ... story.html

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“But raising funds has been a challenge. That’s why our volunteer engineers are heroes. They are keeping it alive. Without them and other supporters, these magnificent instruments would just be cold hunks of steel and glass.”

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NASA Looks at Using the Sun as a Giant Gravity Lens to Study Alien Planets

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/20 ... -lens.html

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An Italian space scientist, Claudio Maccone, who chairs the International Academy of Astronautics Permanent SETI Committee, proposed that gravitational lensing could be used for something even more extraordinary: searching for radio signals from alien civilizations, using the sun as a gravitational lens to make an extraordinarily sensitive radio telescope.

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PLANETS Telescope: Building Toward Colossus

https://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=37739

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The PLANETS instrument will be optimized for studying the exo-atmospheres of the rocky planets in our own Solar System, but will also delve into the atmospheres and surfaces of bright nearby exoplanets and examine circumstellar disks in young stellar systems. It also sets the stage for biosignature detection as we begin to upgrade its scalable technologies.


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Colossus and SETI: Searching for Heat Signatures

https://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=37748

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An instrument like this has sufficient aperture and scattered light suppression to detect exoplanet biomarkers and, if they exist, the markers of extraterrestrial civilizations. It’s on this latter issue that I want to focus today. Over the past few years, we’ve delved into what is being called ‘Dysonian SETI,’ the search for other civilizations not through dedicated beacons but astronomical evidence of their activities. The reference to Freeman Dyson goes back to his description of spherical structures for gathering the total luminosity of a host star, the so-called Dyson sphere, or as it is also imagined, the Dyson ‘swarm’ of energy-gathering technology.

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Secondary mirror of ELT successfully cast—largest convex mirror blank ever created

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-secondary ... rgest.html


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The blank of the secondary mirror now has to go through a slow cool-down, machining and heat treatment sequence over the next year. It will then be ready to be ground to precisely the right shape and polished. The French company Safran Reosc will carry this out, along with additional testing. The blank will be shaped and polished to a precision of 15 nanometres (15 millionths of a millimetre) across the entire optical surface.

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Construction begins on world's largest telescope in Chilean desert

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Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today.

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Using the Sun as a Cosmic Telescope

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/ob ... telescope/

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Alternatively, propellant-free propulsion techniques such as sunlight-reflecting “solar sails” could allow high escape velocities with perihelia of 20 solar radii, but these would require sail area-to-mass ratios larger than the current state-of-the-art. Either approach could reach the solar lens’ focal line in 25-30 years. Although it seems feasible, the engineering aspects of building an astronomical facility on scales this large are still unexplored; only recently did we begin to consider such concepts.

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The Secret Lab hidden inside a Famous Monument

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To see why, Smith ushers me into the centre of the room. Looking up through a metal grate, there’s a clear view all the way through the spiral staircase, up to the highest point in the building. Right at the top, hidden inside a decorative golden orb, is yet another trap door – this time made of heavy iron. When it’s opened, you can look all the way up, from the basement lab into the night sky. In fact, the entire building is a giant telescope.

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NASA Postpones Launch of James Webb Space Telescope

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The multibillion-dollar observatory is now scheduled to launch in spring of 2019.

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New Telescope Attachment Allows Ground-Based Observations of New Worlds to Rival Those from Space

http://www.astrowatch.net/2017/10/new-t ... round.html

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“This inexpensive technology delivers high photometric precision in observations of exoplanets as they transit -- cross in front of -- the bright stars that they orbit,” said Gudmundur Stefansson, graduate student at Penn State, NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow, and lead author of the paper. “This technology is especially relevant considering the impending launch of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) early in 2018. It is up to ground-based facilities to rapidly and reliably follow-up on candidate planets that are identified by TESS.”

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eVscope | 100 times more powerful than a classical telescope

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/un ... lassical-t

The SETI Institue actually got their mitts on one:

https://twitter.com/SETIInstitute/statu ... 3492671488

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National Astronomical Observatory of Chile

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nat ... y-of-chile

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Thanks to many large areas with little or no light pollution, low precipitation, and somewhere around 200 cloudless nights every year, Chile is Earth’s unofficial astronomy capital. By 2020 it’s set to have 70 percent of the world’s astronomical infrastructure.

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China To Build World's Highest Planetarium In Tibet Next Year

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The planetarium, which is China's first, will have the region's largest optical astronomical telescope, with a 1- meter-diameter lens, and become a major regional base for astronomical research and public science education, the Science and Technology Department of Tibet said.

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University of Arizona is making gigantic mirrors for world's largest telescope.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/loc ... 840730001/

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Powerful new robotic camera captures stunning new image of Orion nebula

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... ion-nebula

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First image from camera newly installed at the Palomar Observatory, California hints at the ‘treasure trove of discoveries’ to come from its survey of the skies.

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