GPS Is Just One Of Astronomy’s Many Benefits

//GPS Is Just One Of Astronomy’s Many Benefits

Recently, there have been some who question the usefulness of astronomy in general and the value of the Thirty Meter Telescope in particular (Civil Beat Community Voice,“Will The TMT Really Contribute To Astronomy?” Aug. 10).

Other commentators have already pointed out several well-known, very practical benefits of astronomy, such as the monitoring of solar activity (space weather), the discovery and tracking of near-Earth objects to watch for those that might strike the Earth someday, timekeeping and navigation.

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