Astronomy

September 18, 2021

It Took 100,000 Photos to Put Together This 230-Megapixel Picture of the Sun

Backyard astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy is always challenging himself, whether it's capturing the ISS transitting or creating high-definition photos of the Moon. This time, he assembled a powerful telescope that has allowed him to photograph the Sun with incredible detail. In fact, this latest picture is a 230-megapixel image that is the result of 100,000 individual still photos—all taken in his backyard.

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August 28, 2021

How Galileo and His Telescope Changed Ideas About the Universe

The path of genius has not always been easy for those who walk it. When the work of the early modern astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei threatened the very ordering of the cosmos, he made a very powerful enemy in the Catholic Church. The scientist was deemed heretical by the Inquisition and subject to extended house arrest.

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July 13, 2021

15 Carl Sagan Quotes to Help Unravel the Mysteries of the Universe

American astronomer, cosmologist, and author Carl Sagan is known for popularizing science thanks to his hit television series Cosmos. At least 500 million people around the globe tuned in to the 13-part PBS series, which focused on everything from the Origins of the Universe to different concepts of intelligence. As the narrator, Sagan became the voice that people associated with scientific exploration. Until his death in 1996, Sagan was a prolific academic.

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July 8, 2021

Finalists of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest Bring Us Exceptional Views of the Stars

Exceptional images of the stars are on full display, as the Royal Observatory Greenwich has unveiled its shortlist for the thirteenth Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. From the Northern Lights reflecting in the waters of remote Sweden to incredible views of spiral galaxies, the finalist images are an inspiring view into the world of astronomy.

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