The Seven Most Incredible Telescopes In Existence

The biggest, smallest, and most robotic stargazing tools.

When China completes its newest telescope project in 2016, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), it will have a dish nearly half the size of a country (OK, only the world’s smallest country, Vatican City, but still). With FAST, scientists will be better equipped to study the universe and its mysteries, but other telescopes help research study the cosmos too, regardless of their size. Bigger isn’t always better—here are six other telescopes making astronomy better in ingenious ways.

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