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Scientists describe a gravity telescope that could image exoplanets

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In the time since the first exoplanet was discovered in 1992, astronomers have detected more than 5,000 planets orbiting other stars. But when astronomers detect a new exoplanet, we don't learn a lot about it: We know that it exists and a few features about it, but the rest is a mystery.

To sidestep the physical limitations of telescopes, Stanford University astrophysicists have been working on a new conceptual imaging technique that would be 1,000 times more precise than the strongest imaging technology currently in use. By taking advantage of gravity's warping effect on space-time, called lensing, scientists could potentially manipulate this phenomenon to create imaging far more advanced than any present today.


In a paper published on May 2 in The Astrophysical Journal, the researchers describe a way to manipulate solar gravitational lensing to view planets outside our solar system.


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Now this is to like, and I suspect cost will not be too large a consideration. Go for it! :tu:

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If I said I had an idea but couldn't actually invent it Alan Sugar would laugh me out the room.
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That's awesome, I hope it happens. But just remember that a theoretical space ship can warp space and travel through wormholes, so it doesn't really mean a lot at this point.

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