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Scientists use lasers to create the brightest artificial star in the sky

Scientists use lasers to create the brightest artificial star in the sky Late last month, astronomers with the ESO’s Very Large Telescope began operation of a new tool called the Four Laser Guide Star Facility (4LGSF).This incredible new laser rig will create the brightest artificial star ever seen, and use it to produce some of the most incredible imagery we’ve yet to collect about the heavens.

The 25 best Hubble Space Telescope images

The 25 best Hubble Space Telescope images The Hubble Space Telescope has been silently hovering above Earth for over 25 years, but it’s still returning spectacular images of the cosmos.Most of the famous Hubble images were taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), and the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

Take a look inside SOFIA, NASA's flying telescope

Take a look inside SOFIA, NASA's flying telescope Originally designed as a Boeing 747SP widebody, the SOFIA aircraft was built on a modified 747 airframe with a stripped-down fuselage, to save weight on the ultra-long flights for which it was developed.While it flies as SOFIA for NASA under the call sign NASA747, originally the aircraft first flew regular passenger service with Pan Am.

New telescope chip enables clearer view of alien worlds

New telescope chip enables clearer view of alien worlds The new development comes in the form of an optical chip that can be used to upgrade an existing telescope.Steve Madden said the chip worked much like active noise-canceling headphones.

NASA takes an amazing photo of Earth from Mars

NASA takes an amazing photo of Earth from Mars The powerful scientific instruments we’ve deployed to the Red Planet can occasionally give us a glimpse of our own humble planet from a different perspective.NASA has just released a new image that shows Earth and the Moon as seen from Mars, courtesy of the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Astronomers built an 'Earth-sized' telescope to peer into black holes

Astronomers built an 'Earth-sized' telescope to peer into black holes Scientists are harnessing a global network of radio telescopes to glimpse at the gigantic black hole at the center of the Milky Way.The goal is to capture the first-ever images of a black hole and glean more data about these mysterious gravity-pulling fields.