HESS gamma ray telescope. Technician standing on a gantry next to a telescope
Astronomers are planning to use NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to observe next month’s historic transit of Venus across the sun’s face. But there’s a twist. Astronomers can’t point Hubble anywhere near the sun, because our star’s bright light could damage the telescope’s super-sensitive instruments. So Hubble will watch the June 5-6 Venus transit by using the moon as a mirror. The goal is to see if Hubble can determine the makeup of Venus’ atmosphere by studying sunlight that has poured through it.
The Earth spins around once every 24 hours on its axis, creating the continuous cycle of day and night. But this rotation isn’t as straight forward as it sounds.
Created by James Law, the Cybertecture Mirror presents users with a wealth of information while looking at their reflection including weather and news, social network feeds, streamed internet TV, personal health information and can even act as a personal exercise.
This new model of mirror, hails from the research and development lab at the New York Times, is special as it not only helps you avoid getting nicks whenever you shave, but it is also capable of sending different kinds of media content to your eyes whenever stand in front of it.
A group of students from the MIT Media Lab has developed a mirror, called Cardiocam, which was recently presented at a conference of new software technologies SIGGRAPH 2011. Mirrors Cardiocam can record heart rate and display data directly on the surface.