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NASA Telescope Snaps 1st Photos of Mystery Region on the Sun

NASA's newest solar observatory has taken its first photos of the lowest layers of the solar atmosphere, a mysterious and little-understood region of the sun. Full story

New NASA telescope scours sun in 'grand opening'

NASA is getting an unprecedented close-up look at the sun, thanks to a new telescope. Full story

The Secret Science of the Hubble Space Telescope's Amazing Images

With the Hubble Space Telescope's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, on schedule to reach outer space in 2018, taking Hubble's place as NASA's premier eye in the sky, it seems appropriate to look back on what may become Hubble's most enduring legacy: its stunning images. Besides the huge amo Full story

NASA tries to save planet-hunting telescope

NASA says it will try to fix its space telescope that hunts for planets outside our solar system. Full story

Study: Dead stars colliding forged gold on Earth

A strange glow in space has provided fresh evidence that all the gold on Earth was forged from ancient collisions of dead stars, researchers reported Wednesday. Full story

Huge Sunspot Facing the Earth: Watch It Live Today

Editor's Note: Today's live webcast of the sun has been delayed one hour to 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) due to cloud cover at the observing site. Full story

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Planets Found by Kepler Spacecraft Likely Larger Than Thought

Size of Smallest Possible Star Pinned Down

Space Telescope Crowdfunding Project Raises Over $200,000 on First Day

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  'No one knows you're using a low vision aid'

Dr. Oliver Schein, with the Wilmer Eye Institute, explains how the implantable miniature telescope works. 

  Tiny telescope gives hope to those with macular degeneration

By surgically implanting a miniature telescope in the eye, doctors have successfully magnified objects in patients’ central vision. It’s not a quick fix, and requires intense rehabilitation -- but the results can be dramatic. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

  Hindman: 'No one knows the potential of this telescopic eye'

Jim Hindman started losing his vision after developing dry age related macular degeneration. He got the implantable miniature telescope placed in his left eye, and says the surgery to implant it was painless. 

  Teacher let go after ‘creepy’ homework assignment

A substitute teacher in Oklahoma was let go for questionable geometry questions involving serial killer Ted Bundy and ‘Creepy John’s’ telescope. KJRH’s Brandon Richard reports.

  Mexico breaks telescope-viewing record

Nearly 3,000 people peered through telescopes across Mexico to break the Guinness World Record for the most telescopes pointed at the same place at the same time. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.

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