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New Instrument Casts Its Eyes to the Sky

The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer has taken its first images of the star Beta Pegasi in the constellation Pictor -- an encouraging start for an instrument designed to probe the cosmic neighbourhoods where Earth-like planets could exist.
Eight years in development, the NASA-funded instrument combines beams of light from twin 8.4-metre mirrors mounted atop the Large Binocular Telescope on Mount Graham, Arizona.

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The UA's coolest lasers aren't the ones set to rock music at Flandrau Planetarium.
A pentagram of green lasers, developed by the University of Arizona's Centre for Astronomical Adaptive Optics, occasionally pierces the dark, silent sky above Mount Hopkins.
A similar laser array, the latest breakthrough in taking the twinkle out of starlight, will soon be installed on Mount Graham's Large Binocular Telescope and may one day accompany the world's largest next-generation telescopes to mountain tops in Chile and Hawaii.

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The Large Binocular Telescope atop Mount Graham became truly binocular for the first time last week when a newly installed instrument combined the light from its two giant mirrors to create a "high definition" view of astronomical objects.
The LBTI, or Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, uses the light from the two jointly mounted 8.4-meter mirrors to create a single infrared image with the resolution of a mirror that is 22.8 meters, or 75 feet, in diameter.

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One of the world's most powerful telescopes, the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona - of which the University of Virginia owns a share - has achieved a milestone by effectively nullifying the blurring effects of the Earth's atmosphere and providing some of the clearest images ever of cosmic bodies.
Recent images are sharper and clearer than similar views taken from the Hubble Space Telescope.

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LBT Achieves Breakthrough with Adaptive Optics

The next generation of adaptive optics has arrived at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona, providing astronomers with a new level of image sharpness never before seen. Developed in a collaboration between Italy's Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) and the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory. Until relatively recently, ground-based telescopes had to live with wavefront distortion caused by the Earth's atmosphere that significantly blurred the images of distant objects (this is why stars appear to twinkle to the human eye). While there have been advancements in adaptive optics technology to correct atmospheric blurring, the LBT's innovative system truly takes this concept to a whole new level.
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Lucifer 1 gives vast boost to UA scope

A new addition to the University of Arizona's Large Binocular Telescope is revolutionising the way astronomers look into deep space.
Lucifer 1 is helping astronomers look deeper into the universe and get more detailed information about objects billions of light-years away.

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LUCIFER Allows Astronomers to Watch Stars Being Born

Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) partners in the U.S, Germany and Italy announced April 21 that the first of two new innovative near-infrared cameras/spectrographs for the LBT is now available to astronomers for scientific observations at the telescope on Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona.
After more than a decade of design, manufacturing and testing, the new instrument - dubbed LUCIFER 1 - provides a powerful tool to gain spectacular insights into the universe - from the Milky Way to extremely distant galaxies. LUCIFER, built by a consortium of German institutes, will be followed by an identical twin instrument that will be delivered to the telescope in early 2011.

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Engineers get technical view of observatory

The Engineers Club of the West Valleys monthly luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Briarwood Country Club, at the intersection of Meeker Boulevard and 135th Avenue in Sun City West.
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Large Binocular Telescope better than Hubble

As with any technology they've progressed in leaps and bounds from the original 1.5" lens versions on the ground; making news with the Hubble telescope's 2.4m diameter in 1990.
Now though we've managed to eclipse Hubble's space-gazing performance, which took more than just a little work to eliminate some of the problems that the Hubble had. Apart from an initial misalignment of the telescope, Hubble's small lens made it difficult to observe dimly lit objects at a large distance (though it didn't have to deal with interference from Earth's atmosphere).

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