World’s largest op­ti­cal tele­scope to be built in Chile

Asian Journal - - Asia -

San­ti­ago: The world’s largest tele­scope is to be built in north­ern Chile’s Ata­cama desert at a cost of $1 bil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Gi­ant Mag­el­lan Tele­scope (GMT) Or­gan­i­sa­tion. From its perch on Cerro Las Cam­panas de La Serena, the new tele­scope will cap­ture clearer, more sharply de­fined images than those gen­er­ated by the Hub­ble Space Tele­scope, GMT said on its web­site on Wed­nes­day. The ex­ceed­ingly dry air in the Ata­cama Desert pro­vides the best visibility in the world and the lens of the Gi­ant Mag­el­lan is ex­pected to have five to 10 times the ca­pac­ity of ex­ist­ing in­stru­ments. Three of the seven mir­rors are al­ready man­u­fac­tured and the moun­tain-top site is ready for con­struc­tion to begin.

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