UA scientists are working on a new kind of telescope. Here's how it will be different

By Mark Brodie
Published: Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 11:26am
Updated: Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 3:13pm

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The optics module of the James Webb Space Telescope's primary imager, the Near Infrared Camera, on July 27, 2013.

People around the globe have been marveling at images coming back from the James Webb Space Telescope, launched less than two years ago.

However, scientists at the University of Arizona are looking ahead to the space telescopes of the future, which they believe will have a main fundamental difference from what’s been used up until now.

Daniel Apai is one of them. He’s associate dean for research at the College of Science at the UA and a professor of astronomy and planetary sciences there.

The Show spoke with him about what the problem is that he and his colleagues are trying to solve, in terms of coming up with a different approach to building a space telescope to improve what we’re able to see.

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