Observatories

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.

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Not sure what you're seeing in the night sky? Astronomy software such as Stellarium makes stargazing easier by helping to explain what you're seeing when you look at the stars.

By Valerie Stimac

The Japanese satellite aimed to look deep into the universe. It died just a month after launch—but provided a brief, tantalizing hint of discoveries it might have made.

By Patrick J. Kiger

The LISA Pathfinder prototype just pulled off a technological breakthrough on the path to the ESA's 2034 mission to observe Einstein's ripples in space-time.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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The B612 Foundation want to protect Earth from asteroid collisions with a telescope called Sentinel. The foundation just needs a few hundred million dollars to do it.

By Jonathan Strickland

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.

By Jessika Toothman

Radio telescopes can give us some impressive insights into the universe. This collection of pictures highlights some of the images these telescopes have captured.

By Rick Mayda

Some of the most amazing star making regions in space are highlighted in this collection of nebula pictures. Check out some stunning pictures nebulae in this gallery.

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There are all kinds of telescopes, but you can make a simple one on your own. You'll need a few basic supplies and this step-by-step article. Get ready to star-gaze!