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optical fiber map of the cosmos
2014-07-25 07:39:46

Verity Leatherdale, University of Sydney A new home-grown instrument based on bundles of optical fibers is giving Australian astronomers the first 'Google street view' of the cosmos — incredibly detailed views of huge numbers of galaxies. Developed by researchers at the University of Sydney and the Australian Astronomical Observatory, the optical-fiber bundles can sample the light from up to 60 parts of a galaxy, for a dozen galaxies at a time. By analyzing the light's spectrum...

Telescope Mirror Is Worlds Most Advanced
2012-10-24 09:47:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have completed the most challenging large astronomical mirror ever created. The mirror will be part of the 82-feet Giant Magellan Telescope, which will be exploring planets, and the formation of stars, galaxies and black holes in the early universe. The team has been working for the past several years on a 27.5-feet diameter mirror with an unusual, highly asymmetric shape. The "degree of difficulty" for the mirror is...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.