In the Slightly Old News column, here's a story I read about a few weeks ago but didn't get a chance to write on: an art installation that connects London and New York via an oversized intercontinental telectroscope. One end of the scope emerges near the banks of the Thames in London; the other pops out by the Brooklyn Bridge. New Yorkers peer in and see Londoners, and vice versa. It's up to the viewer to imagine the subterranean tunnel connecting the two ports. Only spoilsports would point out that its sculptural Skype.
I know, it's not astronomy, but it captures the thrill of looking in to a telescope and finding a whole other world on the opposite end of the scope.
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