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Fraser
2004-Feb-10, 12:50 AM
SUMMARY: Many of the sky's most interesting objects, like gamma-ray bursts and supernovae, change within days or even hours. It's very difficult for traditional observatories to dedicate the kind of time required to watch the evolution of these objects, but a new class of instruments will help astronomers stay on top of them. ULTRACAM will track changes in brightness that last only a thousandths of a second, while Super WASP can watch an area of sky 1000x the size of the Moon, looking for anything unusual. And a new network of robotic telescopes could be the best tool for spotting Earth-like planets around other stars until big space observatories are launched in the next decade.

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Tiny
2004-Feb-10, 12:56 AM
That was good a news, but how much is the instrument cost?

Nick4
2004-Feb-10, 04:35 PM
It is good that they developed instroments to study that kind of stuff and to me it seems like it will help nasa and other space orginizations with studying space.

VanderL
2004-Feb-10, 06:45 PM
At last, this is exactly he kind of instrument that was needed. Since the first use of telescopes we have slowly come to the realisation that the Universe is violent and the processes are extremely rapid. My guess is this instrument will be tremendously important to find out exactly how fast everything can change.
Cheers.