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October 04, 2011

New telescope in Chile

Yesterday, in the Chilean Atacama desert, a ground-based telescope became fully operational. This telescope was a joint project by the U.S, Canada, Chile, the E.U., Japan, and Taiwan. The new telescope is described as the most "powerful millimeter/submillimeter-wavelength telescope ever." This new telescope differs from visible-light and infrared telescopes because it uses a set of linked antennas that act as a single giant telescope. These antennas can detect longer wavelengths than visible light telescopes, which allows for this telescope to portray images not seen by normal telescopes. Also, because of its location, this new Chilean telescope will allow for more unobstructed viewings of the sky because it is in the middle of a desert. For the full article, go to:


Posted by nzingas at October 4, 2011 04:41 PM


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