Pasachoff, Jay M. Hopkins Observatory, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Chapman, Robert D. Laboratory for Solar Physics and Astrophysics, Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Beltsville, Maryland.
Sinton, William M. Department of Astronomy, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Optical telescopes
- Solar telescopes
- Radio telescopes
- Infrared telescopes
- Ultraviolet telescopes
- X-ray telescopes
- Gamma-ray telescopes
- Cosmic-ray telescopes
- Neutrino telescopes
- Notable optical telescopes
- Current and future generation telescopes
- Space-based telescopes
- Additional Readings
An instrument used to collect, measure, or analyze electromagnetic or other radiation from distant objects. A telescope overcomes the limitations of the eye by increasing the ability to see faint objects and discern fine details. In addition, when used in conjunction with modern detectors, a telescope can “see” light that is otherwise invisible. The wavelength of the light of interest can have a profound effect on the design of a telescope. By analogy, detectors of particles from space are also known as telescopes. See also: Electromagnetic radiation; Light
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