Monday, 13 May 2013

World Largest Telescope

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World Largest Telescope                                                                                                              

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), named for the diameter of its primary mirror, will be able to detect light that has taken 13 billion years to reach the Earth, effectively allowing scientists to see pictures of the past, such as how stars and galaxies were formed in the early years of the universe.

 TMT Observatory Corp. has selected the 4,205-meter Mauna Kea summit for its $1.2 billion project due to relatively mild weather conditions, favorable wind patterns and skies, which should allow for more than 300 nights of observation a year.

 “The atmospheric conditions, low average temperatures, and very low humidity will open an exciting new discovery space using adaptive optics and infrared observations,” said Edward Stone, Caltech’s Morrisroe Professor of Physics and vice chairman of the TMT board.