As the Apollo missions came to a close, some dreamed of an even bigger mission to reach the stars.
When a telescope collapsed in 1988, it led to the creation of one of the most powerful radio telescopes ever built.
Throughout most of history the stars were thought to be fixed in place. We now know they move relative to each other.
In 1967 two U.S. satellites detected a burst of gamma rays that didn’t match the signature of any known nuclear detonation.
Galileo’s discovery of the moons of Jupiter gave us a “heavenly clock” we could use to map the Earth.
Outraged at the title of this post? You should be.
Often astronomy is a hobby, and sometimes these “amateurs” make significant advances in the field. Take, for example, the story of Andrew Common.
At the beginning of the 20th century, we were just beginning to map out our galaxy. By the end of the 20th century we had discovered a universe billions of light years across.
Scientists don’t live in a vacuum. They build upon the ideas of their predecessors and peers. Take, for example, the curious case of Roger Bacon.