South America, especially the Atacama Desert in Chile has become one of the best places in the world to put a telescope. Today we’ll talk about the monster telescopes already in operation in this region, and the big ones coming soon.
The Andes mountains are a hot spot of astronomy today. Let’s learn about how the ancient people in Andes mapped the movement of the stars & planets.
Last week we talked about the ancient astronomy of the American Southwest. How does astronomy get done in this region today?
Ancient peoples had no light pollution, and they knew the night skies very well. In fact, they depends on them to know when to plant and when to harvest. Today Pamela talks about the archeoastronomical sites of the American Southwest.
The announcement from the Event Horizon Telescope & the first photograph of a black hole’s event horizon.
Even though they might be scattered around our planet, astronomers have a way to come together to work out issues that face their entire field of study. It’s called the International Astronomical Union, and they’re the ones who work out the new names for stars, and sometimes de-planet beloved Kuiper Belt Objects.
We learned how to figure out the ages of objects in the Solar System, now we push out into the deeper Universe. What about stars, galaxies, and even the Universe itself? How old is it?
Today we push our aging curiosity out into the Solar System to ask that simple question: how old is it and how do we know? What techniques do astronomers use to age various objects and regions in the Solar System?