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An automated optics system developed in part by UNC Professor Nick Law brings clarity to astronomical observation. The robotic adaptive optics system (Robo-AO) has already been used to observe 715 of the star systems detected by the Kepler Space Mission. It utilizes lasers to reduce atmospheric noise and capture data automatically, eliminating the need for manual telescope calibration and thus saving time while producing very high quality results. There are plans to develop similar technology on UNC’s SOAR telescope project in Chile.

Read more:

Nature’s Kepler Mission Article

Coverage in The Daily Tar Heel

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