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2018-07-15 09:25:24 PM  
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2018-07-16 12:54:07 AM  
The real problem with space telescopes is we build them on a one-off basis. If we built them with a military budget, we'd crank them out a few per year, with incremental improvements based on what we learn as we go along. Since our policy seems to be to eject them to far orbits when we're done with them, we could aim the carcasses to park in a LaGrange point, to serve as feedstock for future deep space mining bots.
 
2018-07-16 01:01:03 AM  

wildcardjack: If we built them with a military budget, we'd crank them out a few per year


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_Hol​e
 
2018-07-16 01:04:03 AM  

itcamefromschenectady: wildcardjack: If we built them with a military budget, we'd crank them out a few per year

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_Hole​


Pretty sure those are aimed the wrong direction.
 
2018-07-16 01:09:25 AM  

cannibalparrot: itcamefromschenectady: wildcardjack: If we built them with a military budget, we'd crank them out a few per year

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_Hole

Pretty sure those are aimed the wrong direction.


Hubble was reputedly pretty similar to a spy satellite aimed outwards.
 
2018-07-16 03:27:06 AM  
I was recently really blown away by this recently launched SA radio telescope taking very fine images showing coherent magnetic wave filaments on the inner structure of the galaxy.  I'm probably mangling the words and meaning...astrophysics aint my bag baby
 
2018-07-16 09:59:35 AM  

berylman: this


Hakuna Matata.

You're not really mangling any words here.  The astronomers operating the MeerKAT array weren't expecting to see those and only described them as magnetic wave filaments as they have yet to analyze what they are beyond that.  That name will likely stick throughout the length of astrophysics until we're able to fly a ship into them and get a close up look.
 
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