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India's liquid mirror telescope is ready for a close-up

India’s liquid mirror telescope is ready for a close-up

The International Liquid Mirror Telescope in its building in the Himalayas.Photo: Jean Surday A new telescope has been installed high in the Himalayas to observe the night sky. The device has a 4-meter (13-foot) lens, but here’s the kicker: It’s made of liquid mercury, a material rarely used for astronomical imaging. Called the International Liquid …

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India's liquid mirror telescope is ready for a close-up

India’s liquid mirror telescope is ready for a close-up

The International Liquid Mirror Telescope in its building in the Himalayas.Photo: Jean Surday A new telescope has been installed high in the Himalayas to observe the night sky. The device has a 4-meter (13-foot) lens, but here’s the kicker: It’s made of liquid mercury, a material rarely used for astronomical imaging. Called the International Liquid …

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Astronomers have discovered the most detailed map of the Psyche of the metal asteroid

Astronomers have discovered the most detailed map of the Psyche of the metal asteroid

If you want to do a forensic study of the solar system, you might head to the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. There you can find ancient rocks from the early days of the solar system. There in the cold vacuum of space, far from the Sun, asteroids are mostly untouched by space …

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