World’s Newest Radio Telescope Set to Reveal Secrets of the Universe

Photo: ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org) Spinning southern star trails seen above ALMA High up on Chile’s cold, dry Chajnantor Plateau, 66 giants stand under the starry night sky. They gaze upwards, moving with the celestial objects on which they have set their sights. These are the powerful antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The …

20 Sparkling Images of the World’s Cities as Seen from Space

Image: NASA London, England There are few experiences more awe-inspiring than gazing into the night sky and seeing thousands of twinkling lights shining down on us. Yet while the sight is amazing, the view from the other side – looking back down at Earth from outer space – is no less breathtaking. Stars, planets and …

Dark Sky Parks: Reclaiming the Stars from the Clutches of Light Pollution

Image: Woody Welch The Milky Way is clearly visible above Big Bend National Park in Texas. Looking up into the night and seeing a sky full of twinkling stars is something we all take for granted – in rural locations, at least. The problem is that nowadays, streetlights, neon signs and the brightly lit buildings …

NASA’s Mission To Repurpose The Most Powerful Rocket Engines Ever Launched

Image: NASA The launch of the Apollo 8, using Saturn V rockets with F-1 engines The 1960s and early ‘70s was a golden era for space travel. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space and orbit the Earth, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, …

An Inside Glimpse of the World’s Biggest Space Telescope

Image: Ball Aerospace Cryogenic testing being performed on the telescope’s flight mirrors at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama We may not be able to travel back in time, but once the currently-under-construction James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is completed, we’ll be able to see 13 billion light years into space! That’s far enough …