Adaptive optics system in the Palomar Observatory. Image credit: Caltech

Podcast: Adaptive Optics

Article Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

Since the dawn of humanity, astronomers have wished to destroy the atmosphere. Oh sure, it’s what we breathe and all, but that stupid atmosphere is always getting in the way. Since destroying the atmosphere is out of the question, astronomers have figured out how to work with it. To distort the mirror of the telescope itself though the magic of adaptive optics.

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