Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Arizona State University are developing the most sensitive millimeter-wavelength polarimetric camera on Earth, called TolTEC. The camera will use 7,000 detectors across three different bands in the electromagnetic spectrum. When it's completed, it'll be coupled with the 164-foot diameter Large Millimeter Telescope, the world's largest single-dish steerable millimetre-wavelength telescope, which is located in Puebla, Mexico.
We know that there are multitudes of exoplanets scattered throughout the universe, but to date the only planets that we have been able to take a picture of are in our own cozy solar system. That might be about to change with a new initiative launched today that aims to send a telescope into low Earth orbit to take a picture of the binary Alpha Centauri system, which houses the two closest sun-like stars to our solar system
Did we just get neuralyzed? For a few precious days this week, the scientific community vacillated between enthralled or enraged by the news that a Russian telescope picked up what seemed to be a signal beacon from outer space. Ars Technica was among the first to report the news, as a "strong signal" coming from the direction of HD164595, a star 95 light years from Earth.