Also, big optical telescopes
are being designed and built with the goal of monitoring the variable sky, and will greatly contribute to solving the mystery of the black hole eating habits.
The measurement is some 50 times more precise than those provided by groundbased optical telescopes
, Space Daily reported.
The Lookout Observatory will allow the viewers to watch the total lunar eclipse with their 14-inch optical telescopes
through the low-pitched roof that slides back for a full-sky astronomical viewing experience.
They are among the largest producers of major optical telescopes
in the world, and currently operate the Space Research Centre, a satellite laser ranging and debris tracking facility, at Mt.
Astronomers had hoped the unique B-mode polarization signature from the early cosmos would allow them to effective "see" portions of the universe that are invisible to optical telescopes
as gravity from denser portions of the universe tug on the polarized light, slightly deflecting its passage through the cosmos during its 13.
While this asteroid would appear as no more than a point of light to optical telescopes
, using radar we're able to discern the physical characteristics of the asteroid and we're able to measure its exact distance from Earth.
The SKA will use a forest of antennae, spread across remote terrain, to pick up radio signals from cosmic phenomena that cannot be detected by optical telescopes
Astronomers are using radar and optical telescopes
to get a better fix on the asteroid's location, its unusual spin and the flight path in hopes of refining estimates on where it will travel in the future.
This compares with the Very Large Telescope, a suite of interconnected optical telescopes
with four primary mirrors that measure 8.
Collecting at least 12 times more light than the current largest optical telescopes
, it will push forward our understanding of planets beyond our solar system, including those where life might exist.
Professor Steve Eales from Cardiff University's School of Physics and Astronomy said: "We have discovered a relatively simple technique which will enable us to unlock the secrets of galaxies hidden from optical telescopes
Professor Steve Eales from Cardiff University's School of Physics and Astronomy, said: "We have discovered a relatively simple technique which will enable us to unlock the secrets of galaxies hidden from optical telescopes