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Giant Magellan Telescope will allow humanity to witness the formation of the Universe
The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will become one of the largest ever made by ground-based telescopes and allow scientists to explore new areas of interest in a new unprecedented level of detail. The new telescope will observe the Universe at a resolution 10 times the resolution of the telescope “Hubble”. It will be installed in the Chilean desert Akatama, and its construction should be completed by 2020.
A key feature of the new telescope the size of a 22-storey building will be seven perfect 20-ton mirrors. Two of them have already been cast: the work on the very first mirror was completed in 2005, the second was poured in 2012, work on the third mirror is completed later this August, the cast of the fourth is scheduled for 2014. On the other mirrors, unfortunately, is not reported.
“We need to build a high-class and precise optics, so we were able to catch the wave of light, past 5-10 billion light-years and thus do not lose the information that we’ve been reaching out to,” – says the director of the Giant Magellan Telescope, Dr. Pat McCarthy .
HMT team is confident that the telescope will be able to fully recoup all costs invested in it. Dr. Wendy Freedman, one of the leaders of the program HMT commented:
“Just imagine what we will be able to witness the formation of the first galaxies, the first supernovae, the first black holes and look at the whole universe in which we live now, and then we will live.”
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