Starshade

An Ambitious New Technology Might be Needed to See Other Earths

NASA and its partners are starting to develop plans for the Habitable Worlds Observatory flagship mission that's due to launch…

5 months ago

Planning is Underway for NASA’s Next Big Flagship Space Telescope

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has only been operational for just over a year, but this isn’t stopping the…

6 months ago

Ground-Based Observatories Could use Starshades to see Planets too

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

2 years 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…

3 years 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…

3 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…

4 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…

5 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…

5 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…

7 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.

7 years ago