Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Babcock, Horace Welcome

American astronomer (b. Sept. 13, 1912, Pasadena, Calif. - d. Aug. 29, 2003, Santa Barbara, Calif.), led the effort to create, in 1969, Chile's Las Campanas Observatory, the first observatory to be built far from sources of light pollution. In the 1950s Babcock devised the system of adaptive optics that enabled telescopes to compensate for the distorting effect of Earth's atmosphere on light from distant


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