Astronomer David Kipping (David Kipping) at Columbia University have proposed the use of the Earth’s atmosphere as a lens for giant telescope, which scientists called “terrascope”. This publication reports Science News.
The idea of the scientist, the planet’s atmosphere will bend and focus light from distant celestial bodies, directing it to the mirror spacecraft, which will be removed from the earth at a distance of 1.5 million kilometers. This will allow to collect more light from objects that are too dim to be explored with existing telescopes. Such observations will reveal the details of exoplanets, for example, mountain ranges or clouds.
Some astronomers criticized the idea of Kipping. According to them, this idea could not be implemented because of the difficulty in blocking unwanted light from the Ground to blur the images due to the difference in the refraction of rays entering the atmosphere at different altitudes. However, other researchers believe that the proposal requires further consideration.
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