Results tagged “telescopes” from Sunday Mercury - Weird Science

Giant Magellan Telescope

By Daniel Smith on Mar 28, 12 03:00 PM

See how the planned 80-foot Giant Magellan Telescope will look after its completion in 2018 atop a mountain in Chile's Atacama Desert.

Signs of life on the Moon

By Daniel Smith on Mar 1, 12 03:00 PM
Deutsch: Der Vollmond, fotografiert in Hamois ...

Image via Wikipedia

Astronomers have spotted signs of life after pointing the world's largest telescope at the Moon.

But ET has not been hiding next door. The biological fingerprints discovered in moonlight were left by life on Earth.

The scientists were analysing the faint "earthshine" caused by reflected light from the Earth bouncing off the lunar surface.

The case for science and progress...

Another view of galaxies

By Daniel Smith on Oct 5, 11 12:00 PM


The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array adio telescope array in Chile captured this shot of a combined view of the Antennae Galaxies, which are about 75 million light-years from Earth.

The image reveals a view of the universe that cannot be seen at all by visible-light and infrared telescopes.

Triplets in the heavens

By Daniel Smith on Jul 28, 11 09:55 AM


Located a mere 350 quintillion kilometers away - that's 35 million light years - the Leo Triplet is a set of three interacting spiral galaxies, each much like our own Milky Way

It's unusual for a professional observatory to get all three in the same image, but the VLT Survey Telescope has a 268 megapixel camera, making it a snap to take a family portrait:


Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith - a long time ago, in a galaxy far away just north of Watford, Daniel fancied himself as a scientist but turned out to be the worst scientist since that bloke who mapped out all those canals on Mars that turned out to be scratches on his telescope's lens. Luckily, he is now not working on the Large Hadron Collider inadvertently creating a black hole that would swallow the world but is safely behind a desk writing this blog, bringing you the fantastical underbelly of nature... weird science.

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