Space Telescopes Research Paper

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Space Telescopes
In the year 1609, the first proper space advancement was made; a telescope created by Galileo. Over four hundred years later, space exploration has been continuously evolving, changing and advancing at an increased rate per year. Every year, the knowledge of space data almost doubles; new planets and moons are being discovered each year, the known universe expanding beyond what we previously knew. It is estimated that within the next two decades, we may reach the point where we have discovered most galaxies in the universe. With the rapid influx of information, astronomers are asking themselves: what is the next stage for astronomy?
Back in 1929, astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe was expanding. In 1998, astronomers discovered that the universe is also accelerating. The universe is constantly changing, and n the 1940’s, an astronomer named Lyman Spitzer stated that if telescopes were to be placed above Earth’s atmosphere, the lights from stars would no longer be refracted and distorted by the Earth’s atmosphere.
The European Space Agency and NASA devised a plan to create the Hubble Spacecraft in the 1970’s, which was released in space on the 25th of April 1990. The aim of the Hubble was to explore
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For this reason, scientists are looking into new telescopes; ones that can capture wider and clearer images of the sky. A new telescope is being developed in Chile for this purpose. This telescope is to be called the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) or the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). This will be the largest digital camera, about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle and 3200 megapixels. This telescope will be able to map the entire sky in a few nights, taking a photograph every 20
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