X-ray space telescopes can be used to study large events such as the formation of black holes.
But, until recently, their field of view has been relatively narrow, making it difficult to capture this unexpected activity.
By mimicking the way lobster eyes work, scientists around the world have designed new telescopes that can study much larger areas.
Hear 30 Animals That Made Us Smarter on BBC World Service for more nature-inspired innovations.
Voice: Patrick Aryee
Producer: Jennifer Green
Animator: Jules Bartl
We thank Dr. Adrian Martindale, Dr. Steven Sembay and Prof. Paul O’Brien from the University of Leicester, Prof. Jelle Atema from Boston University, and Richard J. King.