The concept of a telescope using a giant opaque disk half a mile across to focus light is currently being developed by NASA and the University of Colorado Boulder. If a success, it would offer a whole new picture of the Universe, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the scientists, diffracted light waves from a faraway star or other heavenly body would bend around the edges of the disk and converge in a central point.
That light would then be fed into the orbiting telescope to provide high-resolution images.
CU-Boulder Professor Webster Cash says the new telescope concept, named the Aragoscope after French scientist Francois Arago who first detected diffracted light waves around a disk, could allow scientists to observe space objects like black hole ‘event horizons’ and plasma swaps between stars.
The cutting-edge telescope would also be able to point toward Earth and image objects as small as a rabbit, giving it the ability to hunt for lost campers in the mountains, Cash said.
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SOURCE: Sputnik News