Giant Magellan Telescope: Construction of Astronomical Facility in Chile Begins

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Message 1741792 - Posted: 13 Nov 2015, 16:32:03 UTC

Hoping to find life on other planets, astronomers start on giant Chile telescope

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet put hammer to stone on an Andean mountaintop on Wednesday evening to mark the start of construction for one of the world's most advanced telescopes, an instrument that may help shed light on the possibility of life on distant planets.

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), scheduled to be completed by 2024, will have a resolution 10 times that of the Hubble spacecraft. Experts say it will be able to observe black holes in the distant cosmos and make out planets in other solar systems with unprecedented detail.

... The GMT - a collaboration of institutions in the United States, Chile, South Korea, Brazil, and Australia - will rely on seven intricately curved lenses, each almost 28 feet (8.5 meters) wide.


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Message 1742064 - Posted: 14 Nov 2015, 15:59:20 UTC

That Atacama desert is the place to be :~). I just wish it didn't take so long to build those things.
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Message 1742104 - Posted: 14 Nov 2015, 18:25:55 UTC

That certainly should be some beastie when built :-)
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