Optical Astronomy

Optical astronomy provides both the most breath-taking images which we see and the simplest information we know about our solar system, the Milky Way, and even all the galaxies surrounding us. Optical astronomy is very limited by both the relative narrowness of the optical spectrum and the fact that the Earth's individual atmosphere blocks out and it bounces around some of this light, distorting the image which we see. In addition, the human presence is also a problem for the optical observing, as light pollution also severely limits the quality of data you can collect.

  • Infrared telescope
  • Photometry
  • Spectral lines
  • Galilean telescope
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • Microgravity

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