Thirty Meter Telescope going to find its home in India: Possibility to Hanle in Ladakh


Thirty Meter Telescope going to find its home in India: Possibility to Hanle in Ladakh

Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), is a planned astronomical observatory with an Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). Thirty Meter Telescope observatory is going to find its prospective location in India. Possibility goes to Ladakh.

Thirty Meter Telescope


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A Thirty-meter telescope can focus more sharply than a normal telescope. The principle involved is diffraction of light. It helps us to investigate more on the mysteries of Universe and Space.

Actually Thirty Meter telescope has become the source of controversy over its original spot in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The TMT’s design involves a telescope with 492 segmented mirrors, adaptive optics to reduce blur, and detection from 0.31 to 28 μm wavelengths (that is, from the near-ultraviolet to the mid-infrared)

“The $1.47-billion (Rs 9,826 crore) project to build the world’s largest and most powerful telescope might find its home in India” the Times of India reported on Saturday.

The problem is that the Mauna Kea location is a sacred site in Hawaii, and after years of protest the people were able to vacate the telescope’s permit in 2015. Now TMT is searching for a location in India. Hanle in Ladakh is the perspective location.

According to the report, a team from the observatory is expected to visit Ladakh in a few months.

India is investing $212 million for the construction of software, edge sensors, actuators and system support for the TMT observatory.

TMT India programme director B Eswar Reddy told TOI that, two prospective sites had been chosen, the one in Ladakh and another in Chile. The Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru and the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, and two government departments have been working on the project since 2013.

The TMT Observatory claims it will be “the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth”. The scientists believe it will help astronomers to study the solar system, Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies, and even those forming “at the edge of the observable Universe”.

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Thus TMT will facilitate the discoveries that we are unpredictable!!