Meet the telescope behind the Pac-Man photos

According to the memes circling around this weekend, Mecha Pac-Man has a fondness for lunar cheese and starlight, gaping wide to gobble them both. In reality, the telescope behind the Pac-Man photograph is Auxiliary Telescope 2, an essential component of the most productive ground-based telescope on the planet. » 3/11/14 6:08pm 3/11/14 6:08pm

The Earth revolves around the night sky in reversed time-lapse video

How we see the universe is defined by where we're standing, and that can create some fundamental misconceptions about the cosmos. Case in point: this time-lapse video that reminds us it isn't the stars that are's the Earth itself. » 6/05/11 12:10pm 6/05/11 12:10pm

An awe-inspiring look at the Very Large Telescope in the Chilean desert

We've seen some breathtaking photography and footage of the night sky from Chile's Atacama Desert, but this eight-minute time-lapse sequence of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope takes the cake. See the Earth rotate around the endless sky. » 5/30/11 12:15pm 5/30/11 12:15pm