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Pew Pew! New Telescope Shoots Powerful Laser at Saturn

No, this isn't humanity's attempt at laser-etching Saturn's cloudy atmosphere with interplanetary graffiti, this is the stunning view at the bottom of a brand new adaptive optics system intended to superboost the clarity of deep space.

Published On 05/11/2015
7:04 AM EDT
First light took place on the night of Wednesday 29 April 2015 and the first image of the 22-watt laser being launched, taken by the Laser Pointing Camera (LPC), shows the intense orange beam pointed at a globular cluster. | ESO/D. Bonaccini Calia and the 4LGSF team