NASA plans to capture gigantic pictures of space with its new telescope
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
An Artist's impression of the telescope
The Optical Telescope Assembly
A novel approach has been adopted by NASA to eliminate residual errors from the WFIRST, which occur in all the other telescopes. The use of high format deformable mirrors permits correction of these residual errors. NASA says that a single WFIRST image will contain about a million galaxies, which will allow a new level of research to take place. The WFIRST will require 2.5 KW power for operation.
Primary Mirror Assembly
The telescope will assist in the study of dark energy, a relatively new discovered phenomenon, which is supposedly the reason behind the acceleration in the speed of expansion of the Universe. The telescope will also help scientists in measuring the history of cosmic acceleration besides helping in exoplanet expedition. According to WFIRST project scientist Jeffrey Kruk, the telescope will also help understand how the universe evolved from a hot, uniform gas into stars, planets and so on.
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