Since the enhancement of telescope by an Italian astronomer Galileo around four hundred years ago, astronomers are, in many people¡¦s eyes, those staying with giant telescopes at night, recording changes of the myriad stars spangling in the sky and calculating various patterns of celestial bodies through observations. However, you may not know modern astronomers undergo their studies in some other ways which are free from nocturnal and regional restrictions. Astronomers even need not sit before a telescope to pry about the mysteries of the universe.
Sky Show ¡§We are astronomers¡¨ introduces to the viewers the latest methods used by astronomers to explore the universe in our time. These include building the ¡§Very Large Telescope¡¨ at a place 2,600 metres above sea level on the Paranal Mountain in Chile, South America to capture very clear pictures of the starry sky; scheduling to launch in 2014 the new ¡§James Webb Space Telescope¡¨ by US to study the origin of galaxies through infrared observations; and constructing the world¡¦s largest particle accelerator called ¡§Large Hadron Collider¡¨ in Europe to ¡§re-create¡¨ the Big Bang and the early conditions of the Universe after the creation. Besides, the large amount of data collected through detection with a variety of equipment by many countries require worldwide cooperation of astronomers, scientists, engineers and amateur star lovers for analysis. Therefore much more people including you and me may participate in and contribute to unveil the mystery of the universe.
You are an astronomer.