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Learning about the universe and its contents requires the right tools. Much of research is about creating those tools: new telescopes, detectors, spectrographs, and other instruments needed to see farther and clearer than ever. Developing instrumentation is an essential part of research, involving astronomy, physics, materials science, and engineering.

 

Sagi Ben-Ami, Juliana Garcia-Mejia, and Surangkhana Rukdee at work on the GMT-Consortium Large Earth Finder (G-CLEF). This high-precision instrument will be used on the Giant Magellan Telescope to find Earth-like planets.

Credit: CFA

The Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud is a huge star-forming region. The MMT and Magellan Infrared Spectrograph (MMIRS) on CfA's MMT Observatory allows astronomers to study such regions in detail.

Credit: N. Caldwell, B. McLeod

Drew Ames works in Suzanne Romaine's lab at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.

Credit: CFA