The Hubble Space Telescope is a big name in the world of telescopes as no other distant viewing device got much better resolution than Hubble. The advanced telescope has brought some of the most detailed photographs of distant space that have been ever captured.
But the room for development and improvement always exists. Working in this direction, the scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder, have said that they have developed a strategy for looking in ever more precisely on the farthest corners of the cosmos.
According to the researchers, the new concept could provide the astronomers and scientists with photos having up to 1,000 times sharper.
The concept, dubbed the French scientist Francois Arago, will be developed by Harness and CU-Boulder Professor Webster Cash.
It’s not only the picture quality that’s attractive, but the strategy for getting there, i.e. foregoing a single telescope satellite for a two-piece system.
The concept, which is known as Aragoscope, would feature a giant disc that is up to a half-mile in diameter floating out in front of a more traditional telescope setup.
“Traditionally, space telescopes have essentially been monolithic pieces of glass like the Hubble Space Telescope. But the heavier the space telescope, the more expensive the cost of the launch,” said Anthony Harness, of Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences.
“We have found a way to solve that problem by putting large, lightweight optics into space that offer a much higher resolution and lower cost,” Harness added.
The massive disc would be built of a tough and durable plastic that could be unveiled in a compressed form and unfurled just like a parachute once in space. The scientists said the proposed disc would be tethered to the telescope and spread out anywhere from ten to a few hundred miles beyond the base of the satellite.
It would operate by following the refracting light and bending it around the corners at a central point meant for concentrating on the telescope, which later transforms into high-res imagery. According to the scientists, the bigger the lens the better the image.