DESHIMA sees first light: a step closer to mapping the most distant star systems

DESHIMA is a completely new type of astronomical instrument with which a 3D map of the early universe can be constructed. In early October, Dutch and Japanese researchers installed the DESHIMA measurement instrument under the ASTE telescope in Chile. Over the past few days, DESHIMA has recorded light from an astronomical source for the first time. The development represents a significant milestone in the process of making the instrument operational. DESHIMA has been developed by TU Delft, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research and the Leiden Observatory, working together with a consortium of Japanese universities led by The University of Tokyo, and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).

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