Canada’s balloon-based SuperBIT telescope could rival NASA’s Hubble next year

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Canada’s balloon-based SuperBIT telescope could rival NASA’s Hubble next year

Carried on a helium balloon the size of a football stadium, a revolutionary new telescope could forever change the way we carry out our explorations of the Cosmos.

Flying at an altitude of 40 km (25 miles) over the ground, above 99.7 percent of the atmosphere of Earth, SuperBIT would carry out observations free of the vast majority of the atmosphere which can affect astronomical observations.

SuperBIT being prepped for a test flight in 2019. Image credit: Steven Benton, Princeton University