World’s largest optical telescope to be built in Chile
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.