Free Lecture: The Quest For Infinite Telescope Aperture

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Dr. Michael Skrutskie of the University of Virginia presents, "The Quest for Infinite Telescope Aperture: Are We There Yet?"

Since the invention of the telescope in the Netherlands around the end of the 17th century, one thing has generally mattered most to builders and users of these instruments. Larger apertures collect more light and reveal finer detail, ultimately opening the door to studies ranging from observations of the most distant observable Universe, the direct detection and characterization of extrasolar planets, and "spacecraft quality" observations of Solar System objects. Individual institutions, entire nations, and now consortia of nations are striving to build bigger and better telescopes. What do we stand to gain from these billion dollar investments? What is the current state of the art and how is it revolutionizing astronomy as a science? When, if ever, do we reach the limits of affordability in the quest for immense collecting area? What do we do with all of those left over "small" telescopes? This romp through modern telescope technology and its scientific application will attempt to both answer and obfuscate these questions and a few more.

"Frontiers of Astronomy" is a free lecture series that brings leading minds in astronomy, cosmology and astrophysics to Cleveland! No tickets or reservations are required. Visit cmnh.org/frontiers for the series schedule.

Doors open at 7pm. Presentation starts at 8pm. Please note that Museum exhibits and galleries will be closed. However, Ralph Mueller Observatory will be open afterward if the sky is clear.

$8 special event rate parking in the Museum garage.

"Frontiers of Astronomy" is sponsored by CWRU Astronomy, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and The Cleveland Astronomical Society.
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By: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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