UA astronomers develop telescope to search for solar systems
A group of University of Arizona astronomers is gearing up to search for where no man has gone before.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A group of University of Arizona astronomers is gearing up to search for where no man has gone before.
The astronomers part of an international team developing new technology that could discover planets suitable for life.
Over the past decade, they've built a massive telescope that now sits atop Mount Graham near Safford here in Southeast Arizona. NASA helped fund the project.
UA astronomer Phil Hinz says the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) is the most sensitive telescope in the world and it is able to create sharp images of what appears faint in the night sky.
"It is a very sort of Star Trek notion," Hinz said of this search for other solar systems. "You can start saying which stars in the night sky in the far future people might visit one day."
So far, astronomers have conducted initial observations using the LBT. They will begin their main study at the end of the year, Hinz said.