Sunday February 21, 2016

NASA’s New Telescope Offers View 100 Times Bigger Than Hubble

Dubbed the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), NASA’s new telescope will help us study how dark energy and dark matter has affected the evolution of our universe.

It will also, according to NASA, help researchers seek out new candidates like Earth when it launches in the 2020s. NASA says this new telescope will use a wide-field instrument for surveys, and a coronagraph instrument that will block the glare of individual stars. By blocking glare, the coronagraph will possess the ability to measure the chemical makeup of planetary atmospheres, making it easier for scientists to understand the origin of these far away worlds.