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Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Turbulence and Adaptive optics

Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Turbulence and Adaptive optics

Van Gogh’s The Starry Night is a stunning painting that artistically brings out the effect of turbulence in our atmosphere. And this turbulence of air in addition to the effect of varying refractive index of the layers in our atmosphere causes the twinkling of stars: If you are an astronomer trying to study the cosmos from the earth, this turbulence of air and twinkling of stars is a total nightmare. The last thing that you want the light that painstakingly…

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