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“Optical Astronomy”

Oct 19, 2014 10:32 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
As we await a close-up view of comet Siding Spring making its closest approach with Mars, astronomers on Earth have been busy doing some of their own comet spotting from afar. Continue reading →
Oct 9, 2014 12:57 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Construction of what is billed to be the most advanced and optically powerful telescope on the planet got off to a rough start this week by protesters objecting to the observatory’s location at the summit of Mauna Kea, on Hawaii’s Big Island. Continue reading →
Aug 7, 2014 05:33 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Tonight, the state of Hawaii is facing the first hurricane to make landfall on its islands since 1950. But Hurricane Iselle is only the first of a two that is cause for concern — Hurricane Julio following only a few … Continue reading →
Jun 19, 2014 03:21 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Groundbreakings are usually sedate affairs -- not so when it comes to laying the foundation for the biggest optical/infrared telescope in the world. Continue reading →
Apr 17, 2014 11:40 AM ET // Jason Major
Hot young stars blaze at the center of a vast cloud of interstellar hydrogen gas in this stunning new observation by the awesomely powerful MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory. Continue reading →
Nov 19, 2013 12:31 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Want to track the potential "Comet of the Century" as it travels through the inner solar system? Now's your chance. Continue reading →
Jun 22, 2012 04:09 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
Although it missed us by a few million miles, Arecibo Observatory has discovered the 500-meter wide asteroid is actually a one-kilometer wide asteroid.
Jul 16, 2012 12:31 PM ET // Amy Shira Teitel
Astronomers found Pluto's fifth moon 34 years after finding its first.
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