The Orion Nebula and MagAO

This picture is a close up of the Orion nebula as you’ve never seen it before – the sharpest image of Orion ever taken. This image wasn’t taken by Hubble, or Chandra, or any of our other space-based observatories. Instead, this image was taken by the Earth-based Schulman Telescope, located at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter. The image itself is a technological demonstration of a fantastic new feature available for Earth-based telescopes – the Adaptive Secondary Mirror (ASM).

To learn more about this awesome technology, see: