(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A radio telescope observes two stars orbiting each other, using radio waves of wavelength 20.0 cm. The stars are 10^7m away from the Earth. The telescope, which has a diameter of 20.0km, can just resolve the two stars. What is the distance between the two stars?

2. Relevant equations

theta(min) = 1.22* wavelength/Diameter of circular aperture

3. The attempt at a solution

I got 1.22(0.2)/20000 = theta (min). Then I changed it into degrees because I'm more comfortable using them. I got 0.000699 degrees. Then I divided that by half to get the angle to one of the stars. Using the small angle approximation I got 0.000699*10^17m = 3.49x10^13. Then I doubled it to get the distance between the stars 6.99x10^13m. The answer is apparently 1.22x10^12m. Help plz :)

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