Sunday, April 06, 2003

More astronomical achievements.

Another ten moons of Jupiter have been discovered since I last mentioned the subject a month ago, taking the total to 58. (Jay Manifold has some discussion). The obvious conclusion is that something has happened recently to dramatically improve our ability to analyse the data being received from Earth based telescopes. The discovery of the Jovian moons is interesting without being revolutionary. I am waiting for the same technology to be used to discover something revolutionary. I bet this is coming soon.

Update: Jay has now linked to this BBC piece on the imaging equipment in question, and has provided some further analysis. We are talking the ability to resolve a golf ball from 28 miles away.

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