Universe  ID: 12308

WFIRST vs Hubble Image Size Comparisons

WFIRST, the Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope, is a NASA observatory designed to settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics. The telescope has a primary mirror that is 2.4 meters in diameter (7.9 feet), and is the same size as the Hubble Space Telescope's primary mirror. WFIRST will have two instruments, the Wide Field Instrument, and the Coronagraph Instrument.

The Wide Field Instrument will have a field of view that is 100 times greater than the Hubble infrared instrument, capturing more of the sky with less observing time. As the primary instrument, the Wide Field Instrument will measure light from a billion galaxies over the course of the mission lifetime. It will perform a microlensing survey of the inner Milky Way to find ~2,600 exoplanets.
 

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Credits

Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Lead Producer
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET): Technical Support
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Lead Animator
Neil Gehrels (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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Mission:
Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)

This item is part of these series:
Astrophysics Visualizations
Astrophysics Stills
WFIRST Pre-Launch

Keywords:
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Hubble Space Telescope
SVS >> Astrophysics
NASA Science >> Universe
SVS >> WFIRST
SVS >> Andromeda Galaxy
SVS >> 4K