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-Leiden University: Nederlands-Japans sterrenkundig instrument meet 49 tinten ver-infrarood

Aug 06, 2019 - ENP Newswire

The Dutch-Japanese made DESHIMA instrument has passed its first practical tests when measuring the distances and ages of distant galaxies.

The core of the instrument is a chip the size of two euro coins that measures 49 shades of far infrared light. The developers of the spectrometer publish the results of their first measurement campaign (first light) on Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Measuring distances and ages in the universe is a problem. The brightness of a star or a g...