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Engineers next to NASA's James Webb Space Telescope at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Chris Gunn/NASA hide caption

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How To Pack A Space Telescope

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A technician examines the mirror on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Scientists at two national laboratories are currently building the components for an enormous digital camera that will capture images from the telescope. Joe McNally/Getty Images hide caption

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The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

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The world's largest radio telescope is nestled among the jagged, green mountains of southwest China's Guizhou Province. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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In Southwest China, A 'Very Large Eyeball' Peers Into Deep Space

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An artistic conception of the Jupiter-like exoplanet, 51 Eridani b, seen in the near-infrared light that shows the hot layers deep in its atmosphere glowing through clouds. Danielle Futselaar & Franck Marchis, SETI Institute hide caption

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Danielle Futselaar & Franck Marchis, SETI Institute

Native Hawaiians dance in honor of Mauna Kea at the base of Pu'u Huluhulu on the Big Island. Molly Solomon/NPR hide caption

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Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

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Stars over the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Sheppard and Trujillo used the new Dark Energy Camera (DECam) on a telescope there to find the distant dwarf planet 2012 VP 113. Reidar Hahn/Fermilab hide caption

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Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

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Larkin Carey, an optical engineer with Ball Aerospace, examines two test mirror segments designed for the James Webb Space Telescope. The mirror for the scope is extremely powerful, but heavy and pricey. NASA hide caption

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Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

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A blast from the past: Using data from four telescopes, NASA created this image of the first documented sighting of a supernova, made by Chinese astronomers in 185 A.D. NASA/JPL-Caltech/B. Williams hide caption

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To Search For A New Supernova, Build A New Camera

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