Development has begun on the Big Magellan Telescope in Chile
A groundbreaking ceremony on prime of a mountain within the Chilean Andes on Wednesday has signaled the start of Big Magellan Telescope’s development. Three years after blowing up the height the place the construction can be constructed, the GMT Group’s Board of Administrators has lastly given its builders the go-sign. It may well afford to take action now that the US, Australia, Brazil and Korea have dedicated $500 million to the venture. Based on Ars Technica, bulldozers have moved in to degree a street that goes as much as GMT’s location at Carnegie Establishment’s Las Campanas Observatory — which additionally serves as residence to different telescopes, together with the smaller Magellans — as quickly because the ceremony was completed.
The Big Magellan’s principal mirror might be eighty ft in diameter and made up of seven main segments. One’s already been polished to an accuracy of 1 millionth of an inch, and the subsequent three are already in progress. The group hopes to start utilizing the telescope with these 4 mirrors as quickly as 2021. GMT is merely one of many new breed of supersized telescopes being constructed right here on Earth, and identical to Europe’s Extraordinarily Giant Telescope and Hawaii’s Thirty-Meter Telescope, it is going to be capable of peer deeper into area, serving to astronomers remedy its mysteries.