telescopes Archive

astronomyGiant 30-40 meter ground telescopes will begin direct imaging many more exoplanets around 2024

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Giant 30 and 40 meter diameter ground telescopes will have 13 times more light collection than the best optical telescopes today and with 16 times the sharpness of hubble. This will enable a massive increase in the direct imaging of …

astronomy121 giant exoplanets in habitable zones may have habitable moons

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Researchers have identified more than 100 giant planets that potentially host moons capable of supporting life. Their work will guide the design of future telescopes that can detect these potential moons and look for tell-tale signs of life, called biosignatures, …

astronomyStatus and Future Plans for CMB Measurements

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CMB (cosmic microwave background) science goals require much improved CMB polarization and CMB-lensing: – Inflation: B-mode polarization and de-lensing – Neutrinos: Neff or “dark radiation” requires de-lensed polarization spectra; ∑mν requires CMB-lensing (and τe). – Dark Energy: CMB-lensing correlations with …

astronomyGround based superconducting cameras and telescopes for measure CMB with 100 times more sensitivity

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The ‘Stage-4’ ground-based cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiment, CMB-S4, consisting of dedicated telescopes equipped with highly sensitive superconducting cameras operating at the South Pole, the high Chilean Atacama plateau, and possibly northern hemisphere sites, will provide a dramatic leap forward …

astronomyExoplanets discovered 3.8 Billion Light Years Away using Quasar microlensing

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A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Using microlensing–an astronomical phenomenon and the only known method capable of discovering planets at truly great distances from the …

astronomyStar Orbiting black hole will reach 2.5% of the speed of light next year

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The Very Large Telescope’s GRAVITY instrument is online and already gathering data from the extreme environment surrounding our galaxy’s supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A S2’s orbit is the epitome of extreme. In 2018, the star will reach the closest part …

astronomyBy 2020, upgrades to gravity wave detectors will detect one to two neutron star collisions per month

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The August 17, Gravitational wave measurements of a Neutron star collision have opened a window onto nuclear astrophysics, neutron star demographics and physics and precise astronomical distances said Scott Hughes, an astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kavli Institute …

3dSpacefab bootstrapping higher resolution space telescopes and then manufacturing in space at asteroids

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Spacefab is currently building ther Waypoint space telescope with a 21 centimeter mirror. It is launching as a co-payload on a SpaceX rocket in 2019. This commercial telescope will have an image intensified ultraviolet and visible camera, and a 48 …

asteroidsMoon, Mars, Asteroid and orbital colonzation and cities

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Andy Weir wrote the Martian. His new book is about a lunar colony of 2000 people late in the 21st century. He looked at the science and economics of a lunar colony. Eighty-five percent of the rocks on the surface …

futureMore telescope for drones and satellites with weight reduction of ten to 100 times

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Lockheed revealed the first images from an experimental, ultra-thin optical instrument, showing it could be possible to shrink space telescopes to a sliver of the size of today’s systems while maintaining equivalent resolution. Weighing 90 percent less than a typical …