Planet hunters get a new telescope to search for Earth-like orbs
By Rena Marie Pacella
Posted 08.03.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
This spring, a telescope designed to peer into our neighboring solar systems and detect unseen planets will see first light. Built atop Mount Hamilton near San Jose, California, the Lick Observatory´s Rocky Planet Finder will be one of the biggest automated telescope on Earth-its eight-foot-diameter main mirror is the same size as Hubble´s-and the only one dedicated solely to the search for Earth-like planets.
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