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Computing and telescopes at the frontiers of optical astronomy

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3 Author(s)
Hege, E.K. ; Steward Obs., Arizona Univ., Tucson, AZ, USA ; Jefferies, S.M. ; Lloyd-Hart, M.

Advances in computing power are improving astronomical imaging by enabling adaptive-optics technology to mitigate atmospheric and other physical variables. Present-day 3.5- to 10-meter telescopes fitted with adaptive optics see farther and with higher resolution than the Hubble Space Telescope. The continuous evolution of ground-based telescope capabilities could make them suitable for applications previously envisioned only for space-based systems.

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Computing in Science & Engineering  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 6 )