Small-scale Starshade Test

Northrop Grumman2016-08-09


Washington, DC, United States

A test of a small-scale starshade model (58 cm), made from metal, in a dry lake bed in central Nevada's Smith Creek, took place from May to June 2014. Nineteen different versions of the miniaturized starshade were tested over five days. The tests revealed that a starshade, or external occulter, is capable of blocking starlight to a degree that reveals the relatively dim reflected light of a planet next to its brighter star. Like holding your hand up to block sunlight, the starshade works to block excessive starlight from the "eyes" of a space telescope like Hubble.



  • Title: Small-scale Starshade Test
  • Creator: NASA/Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Date Created: 2016-08-09
  • Rights: JPL
  • Album: kboggs

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