Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:00pm

Space exploration has reached its golden age. Over the last few decades our view of the cosmos has fundamentally changed due to advances in the design of telescopes. Throughout history, telescopes have led to significant shifts in our sense of our place in the universe. Today, the development of new telescopes means we are on the cusp of a new era of discovery...

The latest telescopes now allow astronomers to observe objects and events formerly hidden from view in the 'invisible universe' – the vast realm that exists beyond the visible part of the spectrum of light. It is here that breathtaking new discoveries are being made, often by chance – giant black holes; supernovas; entire new galaxies – discoveries that completely alter our understanding of the universe.