Stephen Hawking Captured These Amazing Pics With His Brand New Toy

The world's most famous astrophysicist now has a vastly improved view of the cosmos. He was recently visited by employees of Celestron, who installed an 11-inch telescope in his home. Hawking has quickly taken to the telescope and he's already posted some incredible images. » 2/20/15 6:30am 2/20/15 6:30am

This Extraordinary Shot Of Jupiter Was Taken From The Earth's Surface

Normally, images as detailed as this infrared shot of Jupiter can only be captured by space-based telescopes or planetary probes. But this picture, taken with a special camera on the Subaru Telescope, was captured from our planet's surface. » 2/10/15 6:40am 2/10/15 6:40am

A helium balloon fitted with six telescopes is currently floating over Antarctica. It's called SPIDER, and it could show what happened during the Big Bang. Scientists will use it to search for patterns of polarization that could have only been made in primordial light in the fractions of seconds after the birth of the… » 1/05/15 9:20am 1/05/15 9:20am

Burning Man Will Be Even Trippier With This Newtonian Observatory

Each year, the inhabitants of Black Rock City throw a party that can actually be seen from space. But how cool would it be if the folks attending Burning Man could gaze the other way and peer even deeper into Nevada's starry sky? This crowd-funded observatory could make that happen. » 7/01/14 3:10pm 7/01/14 3:10pm

Watch A Mountain Top Get Blasted Off To Make Room For A Telescope…

The European Southern Observatory is ready to blast the top of Cerro Armazones to make room for what will be the world's largest optical telescope. The explosion is scheduled for today, June 19th, at 12:30 pm ET. You can watch it live right here at io9. » 6/19/14 6:40am 6/19/14 6:40am

This is the deepest into space anyone has ever seen

Using a naturally-existing zoom lens in space, the Hubble telescope has taken the deepest look into a cluster of galaxies ever taken in space to grab these pictures of galaxy cluster Abell 2744. » 1/08/14 8:40am 1/08/14 8:40am

The ALMA telescope has just made its first major discovery

Today is inauguration day for ALMA, the massive telescopic array that’s still under construction in Chile’s Atacama Desert. But just because it’s not finished doesn’t mean astronomers haven’t been using it. The $1.5 billion telescope has just peered into the deepest realms of the universe, revealing some of the most… » 3/13/13 2:07pm 3/13/13 2:07pm

The Earth's most powerful telescope goes online next week

We are about to see what happens when stars come to life. On March 13, the Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub Millimeter Array (ALMA) goes online. It's the most powerful such telescope ever built, and is part of a class of "very large telescopes" that combine the power of several massive antennae to gather information… » 3/08/13 5:00pm 3/08/13 5:00pm

Get Ready For The World's Largest Optical Telescope

The European Southern Observatory has given the initial go-ahead to build the world's largest optical/infrared telescope in the world. Called the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the Chilean-based telescope will provide insights into the earliest formation of planetary systems and the potential for life to… » 6/13/12 12:20pm 6/13/12 12:20pm

A Chilean telescope fires a laser into space to create a virtual star…

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope is shooting a freakin big laser into space, to create a virtual star to compensate for the Earth's atmospheric interference. » 9/17/10 7:30am 9/17/10 7:30am

Killer-asteroid hunting with the world's largest digital camera

With a 1,400 megapixel camera, a new telescope perched high on Maui's Haleakala volcano peak is capturing pictures of the night sky in unprecedented quality in an attempt to target potential asteroid threats. » 6/21/10 1:00pm 6/21/10 1:00pm

Bricks of Glass That Will Melt Into the World's Most Powerful Telescope

What you are seeing are huge chunks of glass slowly being melted down to create a mirror for the Large Binocular Telescope on Mount Graham. It's going to be one of the biggest in the world. » 7/31/09 8:40am 7/31/09 8:40am

The Coolest-Looking Observatories On Earth

We often marvel at the amazing deep-space images that observatories beam back to Earth - but those observatories are almost as gorgeous in their own right. looking like spaceships or temples. Here's a luscious gallery. » 2/12/09 10:00am 2/12/09 10:00am

Nebula As Seen From Photographer's Back Yard

Photographer Eric Africa obtained this image of the Garnet Star Nebula (IC 1396) by spending several nights in his "light-polluted backyard." Africa's images of IC 1396, the Rosette Nebula and M 31 are proof that an Earthbound photographer can score some amazing pics. His telescope, the Takahashi FSQ-106, is… » 1/03/08 1:00pm 1/03/08 1:00pm