Development of Freeform Optics Technology May Revolutionize Space Telescopes

A young astronomer observes Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) during a public outreach program at the Seminole State College Planetarium in central Florida March 16, 2013. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

A young astronomer observes Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) during a public outreach program at the Seminole State College Planetarium in central Florida March 16, 2013. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

In the world of telescopes, light gathering power is dictated by the physical size of the first mirror or lens exposed to the […]

First Solar Eclipse In Nearly Two Decades To Cross Southwest U.S. May 20

An annular solar eclipse on January 4, 2011, as photographed by Japan's Hinode satellite. People located inside the 200-mile wide eclipse track across the western United States can expect to see the same "ring of fire" on May 20, 2012, weather permitting. Photo Credit: Hinode/XRT

It has been nearly two decades since a solar […]