The Solar Gravitational Lens will Map Exoplanets. Seriously.
The Solar Gravitational Lens will Map Exoplanets. Seriously, there’s a real plan to do just that. Using the Sun to gravitationally lens an exoplanet into an Einstein ring turns the Sun into the most powerful telescope in our solar system. But it’s not science fiction. Plans are underway at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to send solar sails to the solar gravitational lens focus to make the first ever image of an exoplanet’s surface, and do it within our lifetime!
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