Timeline of telescopes observatories and observing technology

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Timeline of telescopes, observatories, and observing technology.

Timeline

Before Christ era

1000s

1100s

  • 1119-25 - Cairo al-Bataihi observatory for al-Afdal

1200s

1400s

1500s

1600s

1700s

1800s

1900s

  • 1904 - Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington founded

1910s

1930s

1940s

1950s

  • 1954 - Earth rotation aperture synthesis suggested (see e.g. Christiansen and Warburton (1955))
  • 1957 - Bernard Lovell and his group complete the Jodrell Bank 250-foot (75-meter) steerable radio telescope
  • 1957 - Peter Scheuer publishes his P(D) method for obtaining source counts of spatially unresolved sources
  • 1959 - Radio Observatory of the University of Chile, located at Maipú founded

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

  • 2001 - First light at VLTI optical aperture synthesis array. Operations in the interferometry mode of VLT start at ESO, with 103 m baseline

References

Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy ISBN 0521411580

History of Science and Technology ISBN 0-87196-475-9

Wilson Chronology of Science and Technology ISBN 0-8242-0933-8

Encyclopedia of the history of Arabic science ISBN 0415124107