Monday, April 15, 2013

$ 1 Billion Telescope that will Peep 13 Billions Light Years into Space

An artist's impression of the giant telescope

A go ahead has been given to build the largest telescope of the world at the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.

The $ 1 billion telescope with 30m (100 feet) long mirror will give it nine times the collecting area of the largest optical telescopes in use today and be able to peep 13 billion light years into the unexplored frontiers of the space.

However, the telescope may not hold the world's largest title for long, as a group of European countries plans to build the European Extremely Large Telescope, which will have a 138-foot (42-meter)-long mirror.

In the meanwhile, some Native Hawaiian groups had petitioned against the project, arguing it would defile the mountain's sacred summit.

Native Hawaiian tradition holds that high altitudes are sacred and are a gateway to heaven. In the past, only high chiefs and priests were allowed at Mauna Kea's summit.

Watch the video of the projected telescope:

Read more about it at: Mail Online
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