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Big Telescopes

The Big Telescopes poster links ground and space based telescopes with the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that they are observing and their locations on Earth or in space.

The poster explains how larger telescopes allow scientists to learn more about the early universe and map our own galaxy with greater precision. The engineering and technology behind creating the telescopes and the imaging equipment is explained.

The poster also explains how the technology has been transferred to helping people with a type of sight-loss called age-related macular degeneration.

The teachers’ notes explain the context of the science and engineering associated with big telescopes, in the curriculum areas of physics, chemistry, biology and computing.

A summary description of each of the resources within the Big Telescopes collection is presented and links are provided to other useful websites that contain resources and information about ground and space based telescopes.

This resource was written by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

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