Invention of High Speed Photometry

Submitted by Rebecca on Thu, 2013-08-15 10:43
1970-01-01 00:00:00

An instrument developed by R. Edward Nather opened a new field of astronomy, high-speed photometry. It allows astronomers to measure changes in an object’s brightness on timescales of a thousandth of a second or less. Among other things, it has been used used to discover rapid pulsations in white dwarfs, the “corpses” of once-normal stars like the Sun.

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