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ESOcast 63: Flexible Giants — The Evolution of Telescope Mirrors
19 februari 2014
In our latest episode of the ESOcast, we delve into the history of telescope mirrors and their evolution over time.
Enormous telescope mirrors allow astronomers to peer much deeper into the night sky than the tiny light-collecting area of the human eye permits. In this episode, the reason for the ever-growing size of telescopes is explored as the story behind these flexible giants is told.
The challenges of building larger yet lighter mirrors have paved the way for innovative thinking and have consequently led to telescope designs such as ESO’s New Technology Telescope (NTT) and the future European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).
To find out how and why such designs revolutionised telescope mirror design, explore the past, present and future of telescope mirror design in ESOcast 63: Flexible Giants — The Evolution of Telescope Mirrors.
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