Jointly owned by NASA, Department of Energy US, Germany, Japan, Sweden, France and Italy – the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space telescope currently sits in a low Earth orbit. The uniqueness of this space ferrying telescope is that it can detect the most powerful radiations emanating through our visible universe. This allows it to spot supermassive black holes, supernovae emissions as well as collisions of neutron stars. Such radiations unfortunately cannot be
Yup you heard right! This is the world’s largest Binocular telescope and it sits atop Mount Graham in South Eastern Arizona. The product of a joint collaboration between Germany, Japan and US, the telescope’s rise to fame is its unique design. LBT as it is better known as has a 8.4 meter span for both its telescopic mounts that together produce high resolution images. It sits on Earth’s surface but
Launched in 2003 this telescope orbits the Earth and is collectively developed by Caltech, NASA and JPL. The Spitzer telescope is newer compared to the Hubble and pretty advanced too but it does not operate in visible light. Instead the Spitzer is designed to exclusively sniff through space for infrared radiation thus it sees things that the normal human eye cannot. Another key factor about its position in space is
The Hubble Space telescope officially launched in 1990 and belongs jointly to NASA and also the ESA or European Space Agency. Orbiting the earth it was responsible for those splendid nebula pictures that we now so adore as screensavers on our phones and computer screens. Hubble continues to be the most famous of all telescopes the world over. Over 20 years old, the Hubble operates using old-school technology and runs
This observatory started in all earnest way back in 1993. It is completely owned by the University of California and Caltech, located in Hawaii and more specifically in Mauna Kea Island. The reason why you should remember the Keck Observatory is because of the twin telescope arrangement. Each telescope measures about 10 meters in diameter and these two things are the only things present on the island of Mauna Kea.