Scientists are optimistic about the new robot attached to the Very Large Telescope. The new addition will help scientists see farther back into our universe’s history:
The K-band Multi-Object Spectrograph (KMOS), attached to the Very Large Telescope Unit Telescope 1 at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory, will help astronomers study the early lives of galaxies, scientists said. The instrument sees in long-wavelength infrared light, which helps to observe distant objects whose light has been “red-shifted” toward these wavelengths as they speed away from us.
The KMOS instrument is also special because it can target 24 objects at once, making short work of observations that used to take telescopes much longer to make.