The Fog in the bay area feels like it has a mind of its own. The fog can often times disturb a beautiful sunny day and cover the sky with darkness. There are mixed feelings about the fog, many residents finding it a huge inconvenience and depressing. Where as many residences embrace the fog and its erratic behavior.
It’s all down to the blinding glow of stars, which obliterates the ability of distant viewers to see the planets orbiting them.
In this TED talk, Princeton University astronomer Jeremy Kasdin explains a new technology which may change all that: the Starshade – a flower petal-shaped screen that allows a telescope (located up to 50,000km from said Starshade) to photograph previously invisible planets trillions of kilometers away.