This video is part of the “Cosmic Concepts” video series. It illustrates how space telescopes offer advantages to studying the universe. For example, they are above the blurring effects of Earth’s atmosphere, which affords a clearer view of the cosmos. The other major advantage of telescopes being located in space is that all wavelengths of light can be observed. An overview of NASA’s Great Observatories is provided as well.
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All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA, ESA, and STScI except:
- Kitt Peak National Observatory image courtesy of NOAO/AURA/NSF
- Torun 32 meter radio telescope courtesy of Roman Feiler
- Alma array image courtesy of Clem & Adri Bacri-Normier (wingsforscience.com)/EOS
- Sofia Observatory plan image courtesy of NASA/Jim Ross
- Diagram of Messier 101 from NASA’s Great Observatories, Chandra image courtesy of NASA, CSX, and K. Kuntz (JHU); Spitzer image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech, and K. Gordon (STScI); Hubble image of courtesy of NASA/ESA/K. Kuntz (JHU), F. Bresolin (University of Hawaii), J. Trauger (JPL), J. Mould (NOAO), Y. H. Chu (University of Illinois, Urbana), and STScI
- Written by Frank Summers
- Designed by Marc Lussier