Astronomical instrumentation

Definition

Astronomical instrumentation are the tools used to observe objects and phenomena that occur in space. These can include both terrestrial and satellite-borne telescopes. High precision optical components such as mirrors and lenses at all wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum are crucial to the development of these devices.

Latest Research and Reviews

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    Titanium oxide, water, sodium and a strongly scattering haze have been detected in the atmosphere of the hot Jupiter exoplanet WASP-19b.

    • Elyar Sedaghati
    • , Henri M. J. Boffin
    • , Ryan J. MacDonald
    • , Siddharth Gandhi
    • , Nikku Madhusudhan
    • , Neale P. Gibson
    • , Mahmoudreza Oshagh
    • , Antonio Claret
    •  & Heike Rauer
    Nature 549, 238–241
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    • , D. Djokic
    • , S. Adrián-Martínez
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  • Comments and Opinion |

    The Event Horizon Telescope, an Earth-sized interferometer, aims to capture an image of a black hole’s event horizon to test the theory of general relativity and probe accretion processes, explains project director Shep Doeleman.

    • Sheperd S. Doeleman
  • Comments and Opinion |

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    • Nicolas Altobelli
    • , Linda J. Spilker
    •  & Scott G. Edgington
  • Editorial |

    Cassini has been a pinnacle of our quest for the understanding of the space around us. Its end symbolically marks the beginning of a period of relative dearth for Solar System exploration, but planetary science won’t stop thriving.

  • Comments and Opinion |

    NASA's New Horizons mission to the outer Solar System has revolutionized our understanding of the Pluto–Charon system. But, Richard P. Binzel explains, this is only half the story of this intrepid spacecraft, as it voyages even further through the Kuiper Belt.

    • Richard P. Binzel