The Courier-Mail

SUPER GIANT EYE ON SPACE

- Learn more: gmto.org

THE Giant Magellan Telescope Organisati­on (GMTO), is building one of the world’s largest telescopes at the Las Campanas Observator­y in Chile. When completed it will have a mirror 25 metres across, about 2.5 times the size of today’s top telescopes. $500 million in funding has been committed from across the world including contributi­ons from the Australian National University and Astronomy Australia Limited. When it is fully commission­ed in 2024, the Giant Magellan Telescope will have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope (4 times the resolution of the James Webb Space Telescope) and 7-10 times the light-gathering power of the largest telescopes today.

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