Starshade

Ground-Based Observatories Could use Starshades to see Planets too

All hail the occulter: an orbiting starshade for ground-based telescopes. (more…)

1 year ago

To Take the Best Direct Images of Exoplanets With Space Telescopes, we’re Going to Want Starshades

The Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) has released a special edition of papers dedicated to educating the…

1 year ago

Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Could Get A Starshade Of Its Own

NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is getting closer and closer to its launch date in 2025. This Hubble-class wide-field…

2 years ago

There are Natural Starshades Out There, Which Would Help Astronomers Image Exoplanets

A new study by an international team of astronomers has shown that eclipsing binary stars could act as a natural…

2 years ago

In Order to Reveal Planets Around Another star, a Starshade Needs to Fly 40,000 km Away from a Telescope, Aligned Within Only 1 Meter

If NASA sends a Starshade into space, it will need to perform some very accurate formation flying with the space…

3 years ago

What is the Direct Imaging Method?

A highly effective (but very difficult) method of exoplanet detection involves capturing direct images of bodies orbiting distant stars from…

4 years ago

Standford Team Creates mDOT, a Mini-Starshade for Exoplanet Research

A team from Standford University's Space Rendezvous Laboratory have created a small-scale demonstrator of Starshade technology to help in the…

5 years ago

Rise Of The Super Telescopes: The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

When the WFIRST observatory comes online in the mid 2020s, it will take images 100 times larger than the Hubble.

5 years ago

Starshade Prepares To Image New Earths

In the coming years, NASA will be launching its Starshade, a large spacecraft that will block the bright light of…

6 years ago