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Vatican Observatory - interesting

WildRose52
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Vatican Observatory - interesting



Anyone got any thoughts on this?
LUCIFER Allows Astronomers to Watch Stars Being Born
Apr 23, 2010
A new instrument for the world's largest optical telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope on Mount Graham, allows astronomers to observe the faintest and most distant objects in the universe.
Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) partners in the U.S, Germany and Italy announced April 21 that the first of two new innovative near-infrared cameras/spectrographs for the LBT is now available to astronomers for scientific observations at the telescope on Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona.
After more than a decade of design, manufacturing and testing, the new instrument - dubbed LUCIFER 1 - provides a powerful tool to gain spectacular insights into the universe - from the Milky Way to extremely distant galaxies. LUCIFER, built by a consortium of German institutes, will be followed by an identical twin instrument that will be delivered to the telescope in early 2011.
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/LUCIFER_Allows_Astronomers_to_Watch_Stars_Being_Born_999.html

This is where it gets MORE interesting....
VATICAN Observatory  (official website)
The Vatican Observatory Research Group operates the 1.8m Alice P. Lennon Telescope with its Thomas J. Bannan Astrophysics Facility, known together as the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT). This is located at the Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO) in southeastern Arizona.
http://www.vaticanobservatory.org/

What the heck is going on?
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WildRose52
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Re: Vatican Observatory - interesting


I can only imagine that this latest info is going to fly very quickly around the internet,
judging by the shock reaction to it so far :-

Vatican Tied Mount Graham Observatory Launches LUCIFER Telescope

Posted: April 25, 2010
12:20 am Eastern
© 2010 Raiders News Network
http://www.raidersnewsnetwork.com/lucifer.htm

Well at least, now they`ve only confirmed what many always suspected.
No wonder they told us that  `aliens might be our brothers`  lol.
( serious....  not joking....  Google it )

198kHz
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LUCIFER is an acronym for: Large Binocular Telescope Near-infrared Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research

Maybe the Catholic Church has a sense of humour.
Not young enough to know everything
WildRose52
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Re: Vatican Observatory - interesting


what a coincidence!    Grin