Proposed First Gravity Lens Mission by 2028 that Could Spot Large Islands on Exoplanets by 2050

A meter-class telescope with a coronagraph to block solar light, placed in the strong interference region of the solar gravitational lens (SGL), is capable of imaging an exoplanet at a distance of up to 30 parsecs with a few 10 km-scale resolution on its surface. The picture shows results of a simulation of the effects …

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Millions of Telescopes 4 Light Days From Earth Could Permanently Explore Other Solar Systems

If we send telescopes out to 4 light days we can use the gravity of the sun to amplify the power of telescopes by 100 billion times. Although we can build larger telescopes with higher resolution than exists today near to Earth, the telescopes that are sent out to gravitational lensing regions would resolve much …

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Feasible and Affordable Missions for Exoplanet Imaging

The solar gravitational lens (SGL) is characterized by remarkable properties: it offers brightness amplification of up to a factor of ~1e11 [100 billion amplification] (at 1 um) and extreme angular resolution (~1e-10 arcsec). As such, it allows for extraordinary observational capabilities for direct high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy of Earth-like exoplanets. Above – Artist’s depiction of …

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Carnival of Space 637 – Smallest Confirmed Dwarf Planet Might Mean Over 100 in Our Solar System

The Carnival of Space 637 is up at Universe Today. Universe Today – Asteroid Hygiea is Round Enough That it Could Qualify as a Dwarf Planet, the Smallest in the Solar System. Within the Main Asteroid Belt, there are a number of larger bodies that have defied traditional classification. The largest among them is Ceres, …

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Planet 9 Might Be a Black Hole

The weird orbits of Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs) and an excess amount of microlensing events in the 5-year OGLE dataset can be simultaneously explained by a new population of astrophysical bodies with mass several times that of Earth. Researchers propose that these objects to be primordial black holes (PBHs) and point out the orbits of TNOs …

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Improved Telescope to Directly Image Alpha Centauri Exoplanets and Other Exoplanet Updates

1. Newly-built planet-finding instrument installed on Very Large Telescope aims to be first to directly image a habitable exoplanet. The instrument, called NEAR (Near Earths in the AlphaCen Region), is designed to hunt for exoplanets in our neighbouring star system, Alpha Centauri, within the “habitable zones” of its two Sun-like stars, where water could potentially …

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Three Radio Telescopes will be Added to the Black Hole Imaging Array

Eight radio telescopes were used to image a black hole. They were ALMA, APEX, the IRAM 30-meter telescope, the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano, the Submillimeter Array, the Submillimeter Telescope, and the South Pole Telescope. Three more radio telescopes will be added to the Event Horizon Telescope project (EHT) over …

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Event Horizon Array of Eight Radio Telescope Shows First Blackhole Image

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that they have succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and …

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Modular Inflatable Composites for Giant Space Telescopes

There is an every-growing need to construct large space telescopes and structures for observation of exo-planets, main-belt asteroids and NEOs. Space observation capabilities can significant enhanced by large-aperture structures. Structures extending to several meters in size could potentially revolutionize observation enabling technologies. These include star-shades for imaging distant objects such as exo-planets and high-resolution large …

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

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 exoplanets. Extremely Large Telescope 39 meter scope first light 2024 The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) …

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