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Spanish astronomers have today published a list of the darkest regions of the sky on astro-ph. Using the 10.4 m GTC telescope (the largest optical telescope in the world), they selectively probed the regions of the sky devoid of stars down to a certain magnitude threshold. These fields are good news for night-time astronomers wanting to calibrate pixel to pixel variations in their detectors (by taking flats). Extragalactic astronomers who do not …

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Credit: NASA The Exoplanet group lead by Dr. David Sing at the University of Exeter has been awarded nearly 200 hours of telescope time at the Hubble Space Telescope. As a PhD student of his this means a busy time ahead of me.  The awarded telescope time will be used to study the atmospheres of Exoplanets. Dr. David Sing: “This is one of the biggest exoplanet research programmes ever using the Hubble Space Telescope. …

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWSP) is a large space telescope, scheduled for launch in 2014. It has frequently been referred to as the successor of the Hubble Space Telescope. One major difference to be aware of between this space telescope and Hubble is that the James Webb Space Telescope will be observing mainly at infrared wavelengths. The JWST will amongst other things study the first galaxies formed, peer through dusty clouds …

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