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Thirty Meter Telescope

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  1. Awareness in space.

 

Thirty Meter Telescope

 

What to study?

For prelims and mains: TMT- objectives and significance, location.

 

Context: Thirty Meter Telescope Set to Begin Construction.

Background:

The mega telescope completed its design and development phase in 2009, but legal challenges from Native Hawaiian activists — who treasure Mauna Kea for cultural and religious reasons — have hounded the telescope.

 

About TMT:

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a proposed astronomical observatory with an extremely large telescope (ELT).

It is an international project being funded by scientific organisations of Canada, China, India, Japan and USA.

Planned locationMauna Kea on the island of Hawaii in the US state of Hawaii. 

The TMT is designed for near-ultraviolet to mid-infrared observations, featuring adaptive optics to assist in correcting image blur.

 

Potential:

TMT will enable scientists to study fainter objects far away from us in the Universe, which gives information about early stages of evolution of the Universe.

It will give us finer details of not-so-far-away objects like undiscovered planets and other objects in the Solar System and planets around other stars.

 

Sources:  Down to Earth.

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