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Telescopes from the Ground Up DLESE Reviewed Collection
This tutorial traces the history of the telescope, beginning with Galileo's first small refractor, to the era of orbiting space telescopes. Topics include Galileo's trouble with the church over the observations he made with his new instrument, Sir Isaac Newton's invention of the reflecting telescope, and the development of technologies that made it possible to construct increasingly larger, more powerful optical telescopes. The tutorial concludes with the discovery of radio signals emanating from space and the construction of radio telescopes, multi-mirror optical telescopes, technologies to view other types of radiation, space telescopes, and solar telescopes. Links are provided to teaching tips and to online resources with additional information.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • Informal
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Space science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
Flash player
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Material credited to STScI on this site was created, authored, and/or prepared for NASA under Contract NAS5-26555. Unless otherwise specifically stated, no claim to copyright is being asserted by STScI and it may be freely used as in the public domain in accordance with NASA's contract. However, it is requested that in any subsequent use of this work NASA and STScI be given appropriate acknowledgement. STScI further requests voluntary reporting of all use, derivative creation, and other alteration of this work.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-010-119
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Space Telescope Science Institute
Office of Public Outreach
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/