Unveiling the successor
The Hubble has revealed many space discoveries over the years and provided beautiful images of the galactic neighborhood we reside in, as well as other ones much further away. But now, a new telescope may be on the horizon.
On July 6th Monday, a team of researchers put forth a proposal to have a new telescope. The telescope would be able to achieve higher resolution, supposedly around twenty-five times higher than the Hubble. This new telescope will be called the High-Definition Space Telelscope.
The report was made public by renowned Neil deGrasse Tyson at the event in New York’s American Museum of Natural History. There, Tyson expressed high hopes and positive notes on the new telescope and what it can possibly achieve and contribute to the scientific community.
The main mission of the new telescope would be to find the doppelganger of Earth out there somewhere. Researchers thought it was time for the search to get more serious and wanted a new telescope to get back into action and start looking.
What does it do?
In an early release, it was revealed that the new telescope would be able to find exoplanets while muting a star’s light to examine the planet and see if it is Earth’s twin. The new telescope will have a combination of previous telescope technologies available in this as well as the improved resolution. This will help us to see if we are just a lonely speck of living organisms on an island in the waters of the universe.
The potential of the new telescope
With the new improvements on the telescope, more advances in the astrophysics field and astronomy in general are an inevitable result in searching for Earth’s twin. In fact, the possibilities are a bit overwhelming to think about, with what can be done with the high quality images and the scientific examinations.
This sentiment or idea is what Tyson already expressed in the publicizing of the idea for the new telescope. As it is, the idea hopes to be launched and become a reality sometime in the 2030s after the James Webb Space Telescope launches in 2018 and wets its feet for a few years.