This past September, China put on the "ear phones" and flipped the "ON" switch for the world's largest, most powerful radio telescope nestled in a vast, bowl-shaped valley in the mountainous southwestern province of Guizhou. The unrivaled precision of the...

Astronomers Detect Powerful Mystery Signal from Constellation Hercules --"Claim a Strong Possibility of Extraterrestrial Intelligence"

The world's largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project which Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life.

The world's largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project which Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life.

Saguaro Cacti, Saguaro National Park, AZKitt Peak National Observatory by John-Haig

Saguaro Cacti, Saguaro National Park, Arizona, U. Kitt Peak National Observatory is in the background

Astrophotographer Jeff Dai sent in a photo of the night sky over southwestern China. He writes: "The arc of winter Milky Way is photographed in this panoramic photo from Yunnan Astronomical Observatory in southwestern China. The dome, housing a 2.4 meter diameter telescope, is [illuminated] by the moonrise alpenglow."

Milky Way above Yunnan Observatory The Milky Way above Yunnan Observatory Jeff Dai from Chongqing, China

Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) recorded an interesting image of the Sun on January 12, 2013 at 07:57 UTC. Using Kanzelhoehe H-alpa filters to spot the active regions of the Sun, BBSO telescope captured a plain and contrail flying afront of the Sun as seen from the Earth. The Big Bear Solar Observatory is a solar observatory located on the north side of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains of southwestern San Bernardino County, California (USA), approximately 120 kilometers…

Kanzelhohe Solar Observatory in Austria recorded an interesting image of the Sun on January 2013 at UTC. Using Kanzelhoehe H-alpa filters to spot the active regions of the Sun, they captured a plane and contrail flying afront of the Sun as .

The Eagle Nebula from Kitt Peak (Arizona) - Astronomy Picture of the Day, 16 April 2012

The colorful Eagle Nebula taken at the National Science Foundation's telescope on Kitt Peak. Located in the constellation of Serpens, the Serpent, the Eagle Nebula is a very luminous open cluster of stars surrounded by dust and gas.

See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download  the highest resolution version available.

Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) nestled within a natural basin in China's remote and mountainous southwestern Guizhou province. Nicknamed Tianyan, or the Eye of Heaven Astronomy Picture of the Day 29 Sep 2016

'The Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) is a solar observatory located on the north side of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains of southwestern San Bernardino County, California (USA), approximately 120 kilometers (75 mi) east of downtown Los Angeles. The telescopes and instruments at the observatory are designed and employed specifically for studying the activities and phenomena of our solar system's star, the Sun.' (via wikipedia.org)

'The Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) is a solar observatory located on the north side of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains of southwestern San Bernardino County, California (USA), approximately 120 kilometers (75 mi) east of downtown Los Angeles. The telescopes and instruments at the observatory are designed and employed specifically for studying the activities and phenomena of our solar system's star, the Sun.' (via wikipedia.org)

Hybrid Gaucho #13 - Classic southwestern style with telescope crown with crease height at 4" with 4" snapped brim. Shown here in a hybrid style with semi-colado Ecuadorian panama straw crown and pure beaver felt brim in the color black with sterling and coral concho hatband by SilverStorm sold separately.

Hybrid Gaucho #13 - Classic southwestern style with telescope crown with crease height at 4" with 4" snapped brim. Shown here in a hybrid style with semi-colado Ecuadorian panama straw crown and pure beaver felt brim in the color black with sterling and coral concho hatband by SilverStorm sold separately.

Very Large Array Radio Telescope Facility in New Mexico, an exciting place to visit with kids. Educational travel stop for astronomy buffs.

Very Large Array in New Mexico with Kids

Very Large Array Radio Telescope Facility in New Mexico, an exciting place to visit with kids. Educational travel stop for astronomy buffs.

The large stellar association cataloged as NGC 206 is nestled within the dusty arms of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. Also known as M31, the spiral galaxy is a mere 2.5 million light-years away. NGC 206 is near top center in this gorgeous close-up of the southwestern extent of Andromeda's disk, a remarkable composite of data from space and ground-based observatories. The bright, blue stars of NGC 206 indicate its youth.

NGC 206 and the Star Clouds of Andromeda Image Credit and Copyright: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ) --- Sep.

MAGNETIC ACTIVITY:  A ragged, dynamic filament of magnetism is dancing along the sun's southwestern limb today. It is so large, more than 250,000 km from end to end, that amateur astronomers are able to see it in great detail using backyard solar telescopes.

MAGNETIC ACTIVITY: A ragged, dynamic filament of magnetism is dancing along the sun's southwestern limb today. It is so large, more than km from end to end, that amateur astronomers are able to see it in great detail using backyard solar telescopes.

The world's largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life.  The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nestled between hills in the mountainous region of Guizhou, began working around noon

World's largest radio telescope starts operating in China

The world's largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life.

China is ready to put on the "ear phones" and flip the "ON" switch for the world's largest, most powerful radio telescope, that is nearing completion in a vast, bowl-shaped valley in the mountainous southwestern province of Guizhou by the end of September, accompanied by regulations to protect the facility. Its unrivaled precision will allow astronomers to survey the Milky Way and other galaxies and detect faint pulsars, and work as a powerful ground station for future space missions…

China has finished work on the world’s largest single-aperture telescope. The Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) will search for extraterrestrial life and be used to explore the universe when it starts operations in September.

Fountainwood Observatory Southwestern’s large research-quality reflecting telescope

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