UF astronomers start testing infrared camera at world’s largest telescope

This is Planetary Nebula NGC 7027 as seen by CanariCam. Credits: GTC/University of Florida
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Credits: University of Florida

University of Florida astronomers are testing a new infrared camera this summer at the world’s largest telescope that will allow researchers to look for planets outside our own solar system and better explore hidden black holes at the centers of galaxies.

The commissioning of CanariCam, a high-tech, heat-sensitive camera, started in late June at the site of the biggest optical-infrared telescope in the world. Gran Telescopio Canarias, or Grantecan, is located at 7,438 foot-altitude on the island of La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. (Full article)

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