Tuesday, January 30, 2007
i think these telescopes are so cute... and they kinda look like little marvin the martians or potato bugs!
this set of 6 telescopes on cerro tololo in chile make up PROMPT (Panchromatic Robotic Optical Monitoring and Polarimetry Telescopes), a program designed and built by the university of north carolina in chapel hill... the little marvins robotically slew to image gamma ray burst afterglows simultaneously with 6 different filters!
when theyre not tracking massive stellar explosions (or whatever else gamma ray bursts might be!), they are used remotely by students.