Telescopes of Enormous Size


As has been previously explained, due to the absence of an atmosphere no optical barrier exists in empty space to prevent using telescopes of unlimited sizes. But also from the standpoint of construction, conditions are very favorable for such instruments due to the existing weightlessness. The electrical power necessary for remotely controlling the instruments and their components is also available in the space station.

Thus, for example, it would be possible to build even kilometer- long reflecting telescopes simply by positioning electrically adjustable, parabolic mirrors at proper distances from the observer in empty space. These and similar telescopes would be tremendously superior to the best ones available today on Earth. Without a doubt, it can be stated that almost no limits would exist at all for the performance of these instruments, and consequently for the possibilities of deep space observations.


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