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View Resource 2MASS Second Incremental Data Release Gallery

On July 14, NASA announced the public release of a huge collection of images (1.9 million) from the Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), the most thorough census of stars ever made. Using two automated, 51-inch telescopes, one in Arizona and the other in Chile, the three-year-old survey has so far taken images of half a million galaxies and 162 million stars. By its completion, the survey's catalogs...
View Resource The Spacewatch Project

Last week, collaborators from Harvard and University of Arizona astronomy labs announced their discovery of a new moon, S/1999, orbiting Jupiter. Details of the discovery and other interesting developments in astronomy can be found at the Spacewatch Project page, provided by the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. The Hot News page houses black-and-white .gif images of the new...
View Resource Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe

This site is a companion to the travelling Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and Smithsonian exhibition. Offerings include numerous brief, illustrated fact sheets on the telescope and the universe, movies, related links, and information on the travelling exhibit. This modest but well-crafted site offers a nice educational diversion for anyone interested in astronomy.
View Resource Hubble: A View to the Edge of Space

This feature from the Exploratorium Museum (last mentioned in the May 30, 2000 Scout Report) offers a nice, compact overview of the Hubble Space telescope and what we have learned from its observations. Aimed at a general audience, the site's contents include a tour of Hubble, a gallery of images and information on how these are produced, and an introduction to the people behind Hubble, among...
View Resource Subaru Telescope: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Built and operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the Subaru Telescope sits atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island. With a 24-ton mirror, the largest single-piece glass mirror ever used in a telescope, Subaru has produced infrared images as clear and striking as astronomers have been receiving from the Hubble Space Telescope. On January 28, 1999, the director and staff at Subaru...
View Resource Telescopes

The first Web site on telescopes comes from Enchanted, called Inventions: Telescopes (1). This site gives a brief description of the history of telescopes and their inventors, beginning with Hans Lippershey and his refracting telescope in 1608. The next site, offered by NASA, is the Telescope in Education site (2). This program provides students from around the world the opportunity...
View Resource HubbleSite

The interactive and graphically stunning HubbleSite is produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach and covers all aspects of the Hubbel Telescope for the general public. The Striking Encounters multimedia activity shows how galaxies collide and how scientists study them using the telescope. Other features include a photo gallery, descriptions of discoveries that...
View Resource ESO: VLT Information

The European Southern Observatory supplies the public with the latest news about the telescope and project in addition to background information and images.
View Resource In the News: Hubble's Deepest-Ever View of the Universe

This week's In the News highlights the recent finding of distant galaxies by the Hubble Space Telescope. Scientists recently activated the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) aboard the Hubble Telescope to peer into formerly unseen areas of the universe. What they saw were the "faintest galaxies ever seen." The distance to these galaxies cannot be confirmed until the year...
View Resource Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) Observatory Architecture and Performance

Although not scheduled to be launched until 2011, design plans for the Hubble Space Telescope's replacement are already underway. This research paper describes some of the architectural and performance specifications slated for the Next Generation Space Telescope (now called the James Webb Space Telescope). The seven-meter primary mirror will be hexagonal and made up of twelve smaller one-meter...
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