Instead of Building Single Monster Scopes like James Webb, What About Swarms of Space Telescopes Working Together?

Looking to the next-generation of telescopes, a pair of astrophysicists propose using swarm robots to conduct observations instead of relying on increasingly large and complex arrays.

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What Would a Camera on a Breakthrough Starshot Spacecraft See if it’s Going at High Velocity?

In April of 2016, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced the creation of Breakthrough Starshot. As part of his non-profit scientific organization (known as Breakthrough Initiatives), the purpose of Starshot was to design a lightsail nanocraft that would be capable of achieving speeds of up to 20% the speed of light and reaching the nearest star […]

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A Spectacular Grazing Occultation for Aldebaran at Dawn

An unusual celestial spectacle unfolds for observers around the Great Lakes region next Tuesday at dawn. The Moon has been faithfully occulting (passing in front of) the bright star Aldebaran for every lunation now since January 29th, 2015. This split second events have touched on nearly every farflung corner of the Earth. Now the United States and Canada get to see the penultimate event, as the waning crescent Moon occults Aldebaran one last time for North America.

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Weekly Space Hangout on Hiatus until September!

The Weekly Space Hangout will be on hiatus July and August. Join us when we return in September! Announcements: Astronomy Cast, the show Fraser cohosts with Dr. Pamela Gay, will be celebrating their 500th episode the weekend of Sept 15-16, 2018. Want to join us in Edwardsville, Il? Check out our AC500 site here to […]

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