Stories tagged telescopes

baby carbon nanotubes!
baby carbon nanotubes!Courtesy NASA

NASA has just come up with a material10x Blacker than the Blackest Black Paint; Spinal Tap's album cover just rendered "not as black as it could be."

The link to NASA's article also sports a killer video about how they grow the carbon nanotubes and use them in their equipment. Awwwwww, baby carbon nanotubes!

Apr
05
2009

April 2-5, 2009

Last December I wrote that 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). This weekend wraps up an event called 100 hours of Astronomy.

Today, April 5, is SunDay

You can get some ideas about the sun on the Solar Physics Task Group website. The Astronomy Picture of the Day for SunDay, (April 5) is a cool video close-up of our sun.

Around the world in 80 telescopes

A live webcast from 80 different telescopes in 24 hours has now finished, but you can watch recordings from the 80 telescope locations which were archived. If you want to learn more about telescopes and astronomy I recommend watching some of these.

Two NASA scientists propose building giant telescopes on the Moon, using Moon dust as raw material. If successful, the telescopes would be larger than anything on Earth. And with no atmosphere to distort images, the pictures would be sharper, too.

Origami and science
Origami and science
We've blogged about the new science TV show, Wired Science here before. They covered lots of interesting angles for their first show last night. Both me and a friend were most intrigued by Robert Lang's work, mixing the art of origami with science problems. He looks at how computers mixed with the art of origami can help figure out how to pack airbags and even space telescopes more efficiently. I'm a bit of an origami nut but then I am a science nerd also, so you can see why I found his site pretty fun.

Green Bank Telescope (GBT): The GBT is the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. It is located in the National Radio Quiet Zone in Green Bank, West Virginia.  Image courtesy National Radio Astronomy Observatory / Associated Universities, Inc. / National Science Foundation
Green Bank Telescope (GBT): The GBT is the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. It is located in the National Radio Quiet Zone in Green Bank, West Virginia. Image courtesy National Radio Astronomy Observatory / Associated Universities, Inc. / National Science Foundation
In doing some background reading for the Arecibo post I learned that the US has a 13,000 square mile National Radio Quiet Zone that straddles Virginia and West Virginia. I thought that was interesting. To see it on a map, launch Google Maps and search "National Radio Quiet Zone".