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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121 giant exoplanets in habitable zones may have habitable moons

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, in their atmospheres. Since the 2009 launch of NASA’s Kepler telescope, scientists have identified thousands …

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Status and Future Plans for CMB Measurements

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 galaxy surveys; CMB-lensing cluster calibration for SZ cosmology and CMB-lensing requires much improved CMB polarization. …

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

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 in our understanding of the fundamental nature of space and time and the evolution of …

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Exoplanets discovered 3.8 Billion Light Years Away using Quasar microlensing

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 Earth among other detection techniques–OU researchers were able to detect objects in extragalactic galaxies that …

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

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 of its 16-year journey around Sagittarius A*, coming as close as 17 light-hours of the …

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

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 for Astrophysics and Space Research. Neutron star collision emit light, x-rays, gamma rays and gravity …

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Spacefab bootstrapping higher resolution space telescopes and then manufacturing in space at asteroids

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 megapixel camera for visible and near-infrared imaging for astronomical and Earth observation purposes, available for …

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