Clearest images of space captured by telescope with shape-shifting mirror

Scientists have captured the clearest, highest-resolution images of space yet, with a new type of telescope camera that has an ultra-thin, shape-shifting mirror. The first images captured by the MagAO camera system in Chile are over twice as detailed as those captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, and are capable of resolving details down to 0.02 arcseconds. That’s “the equivalent of a dime viewed from more than a hundred miles away,” said Laird Close, an astronomy professor at the University of Arizona involved in developing the camera. “At that resolution, you could see a baseball diamond on the moon,” he added in a statement.

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