Tag Archives: European Southern Observatory

MAVIS: optometrist to the stars

A new instrument will give Earthbound astronomers a clear view to rival Hubble

An ambitious collaboration led by Australian, French, and Italian scientists, together with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) located in South America, is aimed at fixing the distortion of images on land-based telescopes caused by the Earth’s atmosphere by designing a giant pair of “glasses” to correct the vision of a Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the ESO.

Dubbed MAVIS, standing for MCAO Assisted Visible Imager and Spectrograph, the instrument is designed to correct for atmospheric interference in real time to deliver crystal clear images and provide 3D data portraits of objects millions of light years in the distance.

Once deployed MAVIS will help deliver images that will rival those of the Hubble Space Telescope in detail and clarity, says project scientist Associate Professor Richard McDermid from Macquarie University in Sydney.

Continue reading MAVIS: optometrist to the stars