View Full Version : Discussion: Arizona Telescope Turned Into a Robot

2004-Oct-20, 06:22 PM
SUMMARY: Engineers have finished converting a telescope in Arizona into a robot. The Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope (PAIRITEL), based at the Fred L. Whipple Observatory at Mt. Hopkins, Arizona will now be used to analyze gamma ray bursts (GRBs) and other short-lived events. PAIRITEL will receive alerts from NASA's Swift spacecraft, which will detect GRBs from any part of the sky. In under 2 minutes, it'll automatically be focused on the region where the GRB happened, and then start watching to see how events unfold after the explosion. This should give astronomers plenty of data to help understand what causes these enormous explosions.

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