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What's that you spy on the horizon, just out of sight? If you have a telescope handy, you can hone your gaze on...more telescopes! From pocket spyglasses to Extremely Large (a real telescope name), join us and special guest Julian Huguet as we set our sights on the far-reaching world of these incredible devices. How we wonder what they are...SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to to find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool perks you’ll get in return, like bonus episodes and a monthly newsletter! A big thank you to Patreon subscribers Garth Riley and Glenn Trewitt for helping to make the show possible!And go to to buy some great Tangents merch!Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! While you're at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @im_sam_schultz Hank: @hankgreen [Truth or Fail]Finding llamas with telescope vibrationPredicting weather with telescopes and cloudsTracking bees with LIDAR[Trivia Question]Space Telescope Transporter for Air, Road, and Sea (or STTARS) length[Fact Off]Artificial guide stars made from lasers for optical telescopes on Earth lensing and turning space itself into a telescope[Ask the Science Couch]The history of radio telescopes (first non-optical telescope)[Butt One More Thing]Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) & Gamma-Ray Urgent Archiver for Novel Opportunities (GUANO)

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Julian: Oh, boy. This poem is titled "An Ode to Telescopes: A Completely Original Poem" by Julian Huguet." Okay.
Twinkle twinkle, little star
how I wonder what you are?
Why some wander in the firmament,
while all the rest are permanent,
and how it is that each of you seem equally afar,
as much as I squint and strain
points of light you all remain with lenses ground for eyeglasses ,
the new use for the spyglasses
to maximize your tiny size and minimize my pain.
Who'd have thought it would disprove
the claims of many men who have
working under an assumption said
the shy's implicit functions
place Terra firmly in the center
and yet it moves
tones of new techniques evolved,
lenses limits were resolved
now Spectra are divisible
and specters once invisible
shift the size of star-filled skies
still riddles are unsolved
first stories remain untold
so I'll venture to the cold
I'll ride fires of discovery
roam and search the skies above me
pull out the pins and soak it in
the universe unfolds
I've gazed on Luna's lovely face
Gained perspective on the human race
set off on a frontier chase
and found my place in time and space.
I see the stars now sprinkled
through the fabric that they've wrinkled
and cannot help but be amazed it started with a twinkle.
Hank: Woooow
Sam: Bro, come on,
Hank: give me that line again, I see, I see with the fabric that they wrinkle thats what was that give me that again
Julian: I see the stars now sprinled though the fabric that they've wrinkled
Hank: through the fabric that they've wrinkled, damn boy
Julian: Yeah, if there's any Grammy competitions, like tickets for peotry slams, I'm also in it to win it too
Hank: So the topic for today is telescopes which are, i think we know what those are, right Ceri? I guess they're just things you build to make thinks look closer than they are.
Ceri: Yeah, you, observing distant, distant objects

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