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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Telescope

All time
# space jam
Space telescope project started in 1989 set to launch Christmas eve
Multiple problems forced delays and a tripling of the telescope’s original budget with a final price tag of nearly $10 billion.
# Out of this World
Irish scientists will help build the world's most powerful and expensive telescope
The new telescope will be 10 times more powerful than the Hubble telescope and help us observe the first stars in the universe.
# get a look
Public invited to use Ireland's most powerful telescope to view the moon
Astronomy Ireland, a non-profit group for members of the public interested in space, is setting up the telescopes.
# birr-illiant
Offaly was once the centre of the world for stargazing - today it takes a giant leap back there
Ireland is to be part of a huge Europe-wide telescope.
# Priorities
China's space telescope will displace humans in the search for aliens
It will be the world’s biggest radio telescope.
# the real john lewis
John Lewis finally thanked the man behind the @JohnLewis Twitter account
It’s been a long time in the making.
# Eyes to the sky
Look out the window: You'll be able to see Jupiter next to the full moon
The massive planet will be visible to the naked eye – even from brightly lit cities.
# black hole sun
A NASA telescope has captured this picture of a black hole*
*Or at least what they think it might look like.
Opinion: Ireland should be at forefront of modern science – Ireland should join CERN
International project collaboration, such as the pan-EU radio telescope LOFAR, would benefit Irish businesses and tourism, as well as our IT and science graduates.
# seeing stars
Europe's €740 million star-hunting telescope 'Gaia' enters Earth orbit
Data from the craft will be used to create the most accurate 3D map of the Milky Way yet, allowing astronomers to determine the origin and evolution of the galaxy.
NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft is broken - but they're determined to fix it
The planet-hunting telescope is 40 million miles from Earth and searches for Earth-like planets outside our solar system.
# Kepler
Earth isn't so special anymore, apparently
We’re not the only good place to hang out in the ‘habitable zone’.
PIC: The most jewel-like image of the universe we've ever seen
# Rescue
Man pulled from sea in Cork after being spotted through telescope
The man got into difficulties on the water off Cobh when he was spotted by a person using a telescope a mile away.
# Space
Gallery: First photos from space by new ALMA telescope
The powerful Earth-based telescope is still under construction, but has begun capturing powerful images of newborn stars – and the stuff they’re made of.