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Guess what just got approved? The largest optical telescope in the history of the world! Do you realize how fabulous this is for science?

"In just a generation, we’ll go from knowing just one star with exoplanets around it to direct imaging of thousands of Earth-sized (and possibly Earth-like) worlds around distant stars.

This is why we invest in science; this is what we can achieve."
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Call that a telescope?  Now this is a telescope!

Very cool.
 
Telescope idea: Anyone ever look into using ground based masers to tilt upper atmosphere (methane) ice crystals into a fresnel lens (several tens of miles wide)?
 
Or how about launching and autonomously arranging those Mylar micro satellite squares into a giant orbiting swarm fresnel lens?
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