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What is the minimum diameter mirror on a telescope that would allow you to see details as small as 5.00 km on the Moon some 384,000 km away? Assume an average wavelength of 550 nm for the light received.

To determine

The minimum diameter mirror on a telescope that would allow you to see details as small as 5.00 km on the Moon some 384,000 km away?

Explanation

Given info:

  d=384000km=3.84×108mx=5km=5×103mλ=550nm=5.5×107m

Formula used:

Angle,

  θ=1.22λD , λ is the wavelength and D is the diameter of the aperture, lens, mirror etc.

Resolving power,

  x=dθ

Calculation:

We have,

  θ=1

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