Questions tagged [telescope]

Telescopes are devices that collect data (usually electromagnetic spectrum, visible or otherwise) to better resolve distant objects.

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Are we using software to analyze our telescope data? [closed]

It seems like to me all our analysis of stars and planets could be automated. A computer looks through the data for anomalies and then performs additional observations for that area and then outputs a ...
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Aren't the mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope too unprotected?

I've looked at the design of the James Webb Space Telescope and I got curious about something, some years ago, it seems that the international space station was hit by micro-meteorites. I'm wondering ...
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How is WISE continuing to work without coolant?

In October 2010, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) ran out of the coolant it needs for its IR detectors to work, so it's mission ended. In August 2013, NASA powered up WISE again with a ...
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Why would Kepler’s pointing problems be minimized if aimed within the ecliptic?

Having read a few articles on the suggested new uses for the crippled Kepler space observatory with only two out of four functioning reaction wheels, several ideas suggest that Kepler’s pointing ...
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Would placing an X-ray telescope on the surface of the Moon be a good idea?

Instead of placing an X-ray telescope in orbit or deep space, would building an X-ray telescope on the surface of the Moon an good idea, since it has no atmosphere? If no, please don't forget to ...
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Has any satellite proved the hypothesis that the Sun could be used as a gravitational lens?

Has any satellite proved the statement that the Sun's gravity could be used as a magnifying lens, focussing electromagnetic waves of distant galaxies or other celestial objects? Or, is this idea, for ...
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What type of telescope should I use in order to view the surface of the moon? [closed]

I am wondering what type of telescope I could use to see the surface of the moon. I am fascinated by seeing marks of human feet.
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Would it be possible to create a community-built array-style radio telescope? [closed]

Using off-the-shelf technology, would it be possible to create a community-built array-style radio telescope? Much like the Very Large Array or Square Kilometer Array but using home grown antennae ...
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Can multiple space telescopes be grouped together to explore the space

On Earth one can group multiple telescopes to observe a specific region. They can be moved around and focus different areas. Also they give a higher resolution of the area they observe. Would this be ...

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