Timeline of telescopes, observatories, and observing technology


Timeline of telescopes, observatories, and observing technology.

Before the Common Era (BCE)


3500s BCE

1900s BCE

1500s BCE

600s BCE

  • 11th–7th century BCE, Zhou dynasty astronomical observatory (灵台) in today's Xian, China

200s BCE

100s BCE

Common Era (CE)


400s

500s

600s

700s

800s

900s

1000s

1100s

1200s

1300s

1400s

1500s

1600s

1700s

1800s

1900s

1910s
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s

2000s

  • 2001 – First light at the Keck Interferometer. Single-baseline operations begin in the near-infrared.
  • 2001 – First light at VLTI interferometry array. Operations on the interferometer start with single-baseline near-infrared observations with the 103 m baseline.
  • 2005 – First imaging with the VLTI using the AMBER optical aperture synthesis instrument and three VLT telescopes.
  • 2005 – First light at SALT, the largest optical telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, with a primary mirror diameter of 11 meters.

Under Construction


Planned


See also


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