Lobster eyes inspire all-seeing X-ray telescope

2019-03-02 01:07:05

LOBSTER vision has inspired the development of an all-seeing X-ray telescope. Existing X-ray telescopes can only survey a narrow strip of the sky at any one time. “It’s a very blinkered view, and you miss fleeting bursts and flashes,” says George Fraser, an astronomer at the University of Leicester in the UK and head of the project. Lobsters’ pea-sized spherical eyes are perforated with millions of holes, which allow light to enter from almost any direction,