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ToSeek
2004-Sep-27, 08:31 PM
Here Come The Thirty Metre Telescopes (http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/here_come_thirty_meter_telescopes.html?2792004)


When it comes to astronomy, size is everything. The biggest telescope on the planet is the 11-metre Hobby-Eberly on Mount Fowlkes in Texas. And the twin 10-metre Keck telescopes perched atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii can work in tandem to act as an even larger telescope. But there are new observatories in the works, with telescopes that will be 30-metres across and larger. Once these turn their gaze into the heavens, astronomers will have some amazingly powerful tools at their disposal.

umop ap!sdn
2004-Sep-27, 08:41 PM
Detect and characterize mature planets around nearby stars.

Can't wait! =D> Seems that would make it easier to detect planets farther out, as opposed to hot Jupiters. Could it detect another Earth I wonder...

George
2004-Sep-27, 09:37 PM
Will these scopes out-do Hubble's UDF imaging? Quite amazing if they can with adaptive optic control for 1000 elements.

Brady Yoon
2004-Sep-29, 01:11 AM
Pretty soon, we'll be getting optical scopes the size of Arecibo! (maybe thats a stretch...)

ToSeek
2004-Sep-29, 02:49 AM
Pretty soon, we'll be getting optical scopes the size of Arecibo! (maybe thats a stretch...)

I would think so. The biggest one being conceived of right now is the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (http://www.eso.org/projects/owl/), which is a "mere" hundred meters in diameter. (Arecibo is 305 meters.)

daver
2004-Sep-29, 04:47 PM
Will these scopes out-do Hubble's UDF imaging? Quite amazing if they can with adaptive optic control for 1000 elements.

I'd be a bit surprised if they could. Adaptive optics might get around the distortion introduced by the atmosphere, but it's not going to do anything about the light scattered by the atmosphere.