Tracking Threats to the Earth: The World’s Largest Privately Owned Telescope Scans the Sky over Illinois

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(Westfield, IL) Robert Holmes is not your average stargazer.  He started as a volunteer for NASA in 2006 tracking asteroids and other near-Earth objects with one telescope.

Fast forward to 2017, and he how has four telescopes ranging in size from 24 to 50 inches.  According to NASA, Holmes has the largest privately owned telescope in the world.  And he puts them to very good use.  Using these telescopes and computer software that tracks the movement of Near-Earth Objects (NEO’s) and reports the findings back to NASA. Continue reading

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