The construction of the world's largest telescope, called the Giant Magellanic Telescope, is even closer to completion. A team of scientists from nine countries reported on the completion of an important stage in the creation of a gigantic structure. In addition, due to the complexity of the work, they announced new terms of putting the device into operation.
In the last report, an international team of scientists reported the completion of the installation of the second segment of the primary mirror. In total, it is planned to use seven such mirrors with a diameter of 8 meters and a weight of 20 tons each. One of the reasons for the long construction of the telescope is the complexity of the design of these mirrors. Each should have a curved shape and be polished to a thickness of one-millionth of an inch.
In total, the installation of the two segments took seven years. However, researchers at the University of Arizona has significantly accelerated the process of polishing the front side of the mirrors. Scientists hope that this will simplify the work on the remaining five elements. According to their forecasts, the telescope will not be ready until 2027.
As experts expect, the Giant Magellan telescope, the first element of which was created in 2005, will be able to produce 10 times clearer image than the famous "Hubble". It will capture more light than any telescope ever created, and at the highest resolution. The main goal of this project is to explore the Universe and search for extraterrestrial life.