Giant Magellan Telescope enclosure ready for construction

The Giant Magellan Telescope and IDOM has announced that the telescope's enclosure, set to be one of the world's largest astronomical facilities, passed its final design review and is now ready for construction in Chile. ...

Astronomy generates mountains of data—that's perfect for AI

Consumer-grade AI is finding its way into people's daily lives with its ability to generate text and images and automate tasks. But astronomers need much more powerful, specialized AI. The vast amounts of observational data ...

Space junk is going to be a problem for Vera Rubin

The Vera Rubin Observatory (VRO) is different to other large telescopes, and that difference makes it more vulnerable to space junk. Other telescopes, like the Giant Magellan Telescope and the European Extremely Large Telescope, ...

The Giant Magellan Telescope's final mirror fabrication begins

The Giant Magellan Telescope begins the four-year process to fabricate and polish its seventh and final primary mirror, the last required to complete the telescope's 368 square meter light collecting surface, the world's ...

Using cosmic weather to study which worlds could support life

As the next generation of giant, high-powered observatories begin to come online, a new study suggests that their instruments may offer scientists an unparalleled opportunity to discern what weather may be like on far-away ...

Could next-generation telescopes see that Earth has life?

While the Earth absorbs a lot of energy from the sun, a lot of it is reflected back into space. The sunlight reflected from Earth is called Earthshine. We can see it on the dark portion of the moon during a crescent moon. ...

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