Space Telescopes

 Hubble Telescope Space (HST)
It can detected clear images of faint objects in space
because it above the Earth’s atmosphere.

Space Telescopes

  • without interference from the Earth’s atmosphere, nothing to stop them studying the Universe, space telescopes are launched as satellites.
  • first space telescope was X-ray astronomy mission – Uhuru, sent up in 1970.

Various Space Telescopes
They are studying all the different forms of radiation that make up the electromagnetic spectrum.

  • COBE / WMAP / Planck  (diagram)
    All picked up microwave radiation that was left over from the Big Bang.
    (more information: COBE / WMAP / Planck)
  • ISO / Spitzer observatories
    Both studied the infrared region of the spectrum; radiation from objects as small as space duct.
    (More information:  ISO (Infrared Space Observatory) / Spitzer)
  • IUE / EUVE
    Studying ultraviolet rays from the stars include the UUE – International Ultraviolet Explorer and EUVE – the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer.
    (Wikipedia: IUE / EUVE)
  • SOHO
    The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) was one of many space telescopes studying the Sun.
    (webiste: SOHO / LIVE Sunspots )
  • Chandra / XMM
    X-rays can only picked up by certain space telescopes such as Chandra and XMM (X-Ray Multi-Mirror Mission).
    (website: NASA - Chandra / ESA - XMM)
  • CGRO
    Gamma rays can only be detected by particular space telescopes such as the Compton Ray Observatory (CGRO).
    (wikipedia: CGRO)

New Space Telescope

  • JWST
    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), previously known as Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST), is a space observatory under construction and scheduled to launch in October 2018 - observing some of the most distant objects in the Universe. (wikipedia: JWST)

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