Gigantic Telescope Allows Distant Exploration
Posted on December 5, 2014 by Jamie Slaughter, with 12914 views
Imagine looking into space using this Telescope. The size of this is only put in perspective when noticing the scale of the car sparked around the perimeter. With a gigantic 39-meter aperture, this creation is now in development in Chile's Atacama Desert after receiving approval two years ago. The Telescope is expected to take 10 years to build and cost in the region of 1 billion dollars to complete.
By 2024, the Telescope will become operational, with the remaining components being added from then on. Elements of the main mirror and optics system which reduce blurring of the planet's atmosphere will be brought in during phase 2. The Telescope is extremely powerful, with pinpoint accuracies when exploring nearby galaxies, stars and anything else which floats around in space.
At least three observatories are expected to pop up during the coming years. The Giant Magellan Telescope is expected to be up and running by 2021, while The Thirty Meter Telescope has expectations of a 2022 release near Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano's summit.