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Eye on the Sky

Every night a bank of robotically controlled telescopes tilt their lenses to the sky for another round of observation through digital imaging.
July 19, 2017
Every night a bank of robotically controlled telescopes tilt their lenses to the sky for another round of observation through digital imaging.

Every night a bank of robotically controlled telescopes tilt their lenses to the sky for another round of observation through digital imaging.

Every night in a remote clearing called Fenton Hill high in the Jemez Mountains of central New Mexico, a bank of robotically controlled telescopes tilt their lenses to the sky for another round of observation through digital imaging. Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Thinking Telescopes project is watching for celestial transients including high-power cosmic flashes called blazars, and like all science, it can be messy work. But for a graduate student at the Lab taking a year’s break between master’s and Ph.D. studies, working with these state-of-the-art autonomous telescopes that can make fundamental discoveries feels light years beyond the classroom.

Read more about the blazar project in our Science on the Hill column: http://bit.ly/2vCM8jz


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