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A Breakthrough in Adaptive Optics

August 4, 2010

laser beams creates artificial stars 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. Full Story

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