Looking Upward From A Balloon

Here’s another of the first pictures taken by the SuperBIT telescope. It’s the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. This image was taken while the Super Pressure Balloon Imaging Telescope floated in a near-space environment 33 km (108,000 ft) above Earth’s surface. The SuperBIT telescope operates in the visible-to-near-ultraviolet light spectrum, which is within the Hubble Space Telescope’s capabilities, but SuperBIT has a wider field of view. Its main purpose is to map dark matter around galaxy clusters by measuring the way these massive objects warp the space around them.

Image Credit: NASA / Durham University

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