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A Breakthrough in Adaptive Optics
August 4, 2010
The twinkling of stars that blanket the sky on a clear summer night, however lovely to a lay person, is often extremely annoying to an astronomer, as it is evidence of a distorted view. A team of University of Arizona astronomers has developed a technique that allows them to switch off the twinkling, enabling Earth-based telescopes to obtain crisp images over a wide field of view.
University of Arizona
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