National Science Foundation Discovering Our Universe illuminates how the development of new and more precise tools transformed our understanding of the origin, content, and fate of the universe.

Discover the history of modern astronomy and where the field is headed. Explore how we find answers in astronomy, how that process has changed over time, and how those answers tend to raise deeper questions.

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Related Topics: Astronomy Telescopes Science Technology and Engineering Satellites Solar System Exoplanets Small solar system bodies Dwarf planets Take a Look Inside the Gallery

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