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Observatories are structures designed and equipped for observing astronomical events. In this section you will learn all about famous observatories and the role they play astronomy.

What is astrophotography?

If your idea of photographing the stars has nothing to do with Hollywood, you might be interested in astrophotography -- the sky's literally the limit.

The Hitomi Satellite Briefly Glimpsed the Universe, Then Died — What Happened?

What happened to the JAXA Hitomi satellite? Learn more about the loss of the Hitomi telescope in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

We're Now One Step Closer to a Gravitational Wave Space Observatory

ESA's eLISA space observatory will help observe gravitational waves. Learn about eLISA and the LISA Pathfinder in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Anti-asteroid Space 'Sentinel' Could Soon Patrol the Planetary Skies

The B612 Foundation want to protect Earth from asteroids with a telescope called Sentinel. Learn about planetary defense at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Gazing at Celestial History Through the James Webb Space Telescope

HowStuffWorks talks to Dr. John Mather about the James Webb Space Telescope. Learn how the telescope sees through time at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Peering Into the Heart of the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA's next-generation space observatory is on track for some serious star gazing. Get to know the James Webb Space Telescope at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Get a Sneak Peek at the James Webb Space Telescope

The HowStuffWorks Now team visited the James Webb Space Telescope to see what this awesome telescope is all about. Get ready to meet the JWST. See more »

What is astrophotography?

Astrophotography involves taking photographs of objects in space. Learn how astrophotography has been around ever since shutterbugs began looking up. See more »

Radio Telescope Image Gallery

The radio telescope pictures in this gallery feature observatories around the world. See radio telescope pictures and the astronomers who use them. See more »

Nebula Image Gallery

The nebula pictures in this image gallery show some of the most amazing star making regions in space. Check out the nebula pictures in this gallery! See more »