Scientists from the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences are heading to Chile to implement the MOONS spectrometer in the European Southern Observatory’s very large telescope
Portugal is in conflict with the optical and near-infrared multi-target spectrometer project (MOONS), and will contribute to the development, construction and integration of this new generation of instruments in Europe’s new generation of very large telescopes (VLT). Southern Observatory (ESO). This instrument will allow you to simultaneously observe a thousand celestial bodies in an area of the sky similar to the size of a full moon.
The on-site broker is one of the main components of the instrument. It was designed by the team of the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) and recently passed the preliminary acceptance stage in Europe. This kind of corrector actually works like glasses on a telescope: “Although the quality of the VLT is very good, when we use a very large field of view, the image quality is not ideal and we must use the lens for correction”, Alexandre Cabral said. Researcher at IA and the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, in a press release. IA designed a 900mm dual-lens system, which represents a technical challenge because it is close to its manufacturing limit diameter.
Another novelty brought by IA is the rotating front end, which contains several components and subsystems essential to the operation of the spectrometer. These components are produced by the Portuguese company Cunhol, and the structure of more than two tons is in the final stage of assembly and testing.
AI’s instrument and system team has extensive experience in providing instruments for space missions and ground-based telescopes in terms of hardware and software in the fields of optics, mechanics, control electronics, and low-level programming.
“Portuguese participate in leadership positions in multiple working groups of MOONS for multiple purposes,” Marta Gonçalves emphasized that the company is responsible for the Portuguese Space Agency and the labor relations of the Portuguese Space Agency. “As far as the instrument is concerned, Portugal has the opportunity to prove once again its competitiveness on a global scale. In the field of science, this participation is a tool to continue the research that has been carried out at the national level to ensure that we continue to move forward. Based on Knowledge experience”.