From the April 2015 issue

Laser crime and punishment

Safety is paramount with these astronomical tools.
By | Published: April 27, 2015 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

Green lasers may have replaced telescopes as the most common item in the astro toolkit. Their narrow beams are perfect for pointing out stars.

But there’s a dark side.

Three years ago, a Northern Californian named Sergio Rodriguez kept aiming a high-powered laser at a police helicopter. Result: He was recently sentenced to 14 years in prison.

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