View Full Version : Science - Thank your lucky stars

02-12-2005, 13:19:57
This is genius.


UK astronomers are finding new stars in the sky using a remarkable low-cost camera technique.

Known as Lucky Imaging, it has helped the Cambridge team overcome the problem of turbulence in the atmosphere which makes stars twinkle and hard to see.

The group's camera takes millions of images very quickly in the hope that just a few are not blurred.

The scientists say the clearest pictures are as sharp as those captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Lucky Imaging is an approach previously only used by amateurs, who cannot afford the imaging methods now used on the world's most sophisticated telescopes.

Governments around the world have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on Active and Adaptive Optics, which use a complicated system of mirrors and computers to get detailed pictures.

But the Institute of Astronomy project has so far cost just 20,000.

Scientists fitted a new camera to the Nordic Optical Telescope in The Canary Islands, which has a diameter of 2.56m.

Fantastic stuff. :beer:

02-12-2005, 13:22:42
Yes, it's the shotgun approach to science.

02-12-2005, 13:36:41
no matter what the endeavour, the shotgun approach is always one of the best techniques

02-12-2005, 13:38:16
Especially weddings

02-12-2005, 13:39:11
Amen people. Amen. Shotgun=solution.

02-12-2005, 13:39:51
I could do with a couple of solutions.

02-12-2005, 13:40:52
That's one way to solve annoying cowie problems.

02-12-2005, 13:42:53
jesjes or to :shoot: a seagull

02-12-2005, 17:17:25
Someone explain to me how Tizzy got on my ignore list ! I never put anyone on it :confused:

02-12-2005, 17:18:47
Did you click the "Mute" button?

02-12-2005, 19:27:45
Originally posted by Venom
Yes, it's the shotgun approach to science.

You'd be surprised how often that method comes up nowadays, what with computers making it viable.

Lurker the Second
02-12-2005, 20:24:56
Originally posted by Aredhran
Someone explain to me how Tizzy got on my ignore list ! I never put anyone on it :confused:


Funko, you ruined it.

05-12-2005, 12:32:11