Thursday, December 30, 2010

Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy: Vista

This is a 4 meter survey telescope that can image in the IR. There are now several exceptionally powerful survey telescopes being constructed or in active use, including the exceptionally powerful PAN-STARRS telescopes with a 1.4 gigapixel detector in each. They, collecting TBs of data per day, will revolutionize our list of space objects. Hopefully a secondary target for the New Horizons mission will be found as a result.

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