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Physics and Astronomy

Telescopes & Observatories

  • HubbleSite
    The home of NASA's Hubble Telescope, this award winning website features news, updated images, research resources (including a reference desk) and links to museums and planetariums.
  • Kitt Peak National Observatory
    Operates three major nighttime telescopes near Tucson, AZ.
  • NASA High Energy Astrophysics Observatories (HEAO)
    NASA's High Energy Astrophysics Observatories describes all current and past high energy astronomy observatories or "missions" which include overviews, technical information on instrumentation, bibliographies and galleries of images.
  • Space Telescope Science (STSscI) Institute
    Established in 1981, the STSscI helped guide the most famous observatory in history, the Hubble Space Telescope. Since its launch in 1990, STSscI has performed the science operations for Hubble. Currently, STSscI is leading the science and mission operations for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned to launch in 2021. STSscI staff conducts world-class scientific research, and its Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) curates and disseminates data from over 20 astronomical missions.
  • Spitzer Space Telescope
    The Spitzer Space Telescope is a NASA mission managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory which provides space images in the infrared spectrum.
  • Very Large Array
    The Very Large Array, one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. Each antenna is 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter. The data from the antennas is combined electronically to give the resolution of an antenna 36 km (22 miles) across, with the equivalent sensitivity of a dish 130 meters (422 feet) in diameter.
  • W. M. Keck Observatory
    Located on Hawaii’s dormant Mauna Kea volcano, the Keck observatory is home to the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes.
  • James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
    The JWST will be NASA’s next flagship infrared observatory, developed in partnership with ESA and CSA. Accessible to the worldwide scientific community, it will offer scientists the opportunity to observe galaxy evolution, the formation of stars and planets, exoplanetary systems, and our own solar system, in ways never before possible. This website offers scientists information on proposing for time on JWST as well as the capabilities of the observatory's instruments and modes, data analysis tools and software, and news and events.

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