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Future telescope to be 10X sharper than Hubble telescope
Space.com ^ | Published August 23, 2013 | By Mike Wall

Posted on 08/23/2013 4:57:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin

An enormous mirror will be cast inside a scorching-hot furnace Saturday, marking a key milestone in the development of a future telescope that will collect more light than any instrument built to date.

The Giant Magellan Telescope mirror, the third of the seven primary mirrors planned for the observatory, will be 27 feet across and weigh 20 tons when complete.

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Once cast and polished, these seven mirrors will be arranged to function as a single mirror 80 feet in diameter, giving the $700 million GMT a resolving power 10 times greater than that of NASA's famous Hubble Space Telescope once the new instrument is up and running in northern Chile in 2020

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: xplanets

1 posted on 08/23/2013 4:57:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping!


2 posted on 08/23/2013 5:01:31 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: BenLurkin

3 posted on 08/23/2013 5:02:36 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: BenLurkin

4 posted on 08/23/2013 5:11:55 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: BenLurkin
It's amazing how much atmospheric disturbance can be filtered out of modern terrestrial telescopes.

I wish them all the best on the glass cast. Those things don't always go as planned.

/johnny

5 posted on 08/23/2013 5:20:04 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

You could really burn some ants with that thang!


6 posted on 08/23/2013 5:23:41 PM PDT by Errant
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To: JRandomFreeper

Perhaps this will be employed in a search for Obama’s birth certificate.


7 posted on 08/23/2013 5:25:12 PM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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To: Errant
I was thinking of something nearer the Potamac. ;)

/johnny

8 posted on 08/23/2013 5:25:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: House Atreides
I don't know if it can see into black holes.

/johnny

9 posted on 08/23/2013 5:26:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

lol, I like the way your think! :)


10 posted on 08/23/2013 5:26:38 PM PDT by Errant
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To: JRandomFreeper
I was close to some astronomers at U of A back in the 70's. They have been doing this stuff for a long time and are world experts. I expect success. The facilities at Chile were being established when I was hanging around Stewart.
11 posted on 08/23/2013 5:27:49 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: JRandomFreeper

The adaptive optics are a great thing. Its so much easier and cheaper to send a guy with a ladder to fix them than launching him into space to do it.


12 posted on 08/23/2013 5:29:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Nice!


13 posted on 08/23/2013 5:33:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Mosheel O


14 posted on 08/23/2013 5:33:20 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: hinckley buzzard
I've seen a program on the facilities at Chile if that's the place where they add O2 to the lodging facility because the altitude is so high.

Neat stuff they are doing there.

Casting large glass pieces and annealing them is almost black magic. I've watched a program on that, too. Those guys rock.

/johnny

15 posted on 08/23/2013 5:34:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: House Atreides

But remember Levin said it doesn’t matter any more - to him that is.


16 posted on 08/23/2013 5:47:31 PM PDT by mcshot (God bless the USA! THE GUN DEBATE WAS SETTLED IN 1791!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

Since we are playing for it, I hope some stupid government douche doesn’t drop the darn thing after all the time and trouble to cast and polish it.....because after extensive investigation no one will be responsible.


17 posted on 08/23/2013 6:40:29 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Progressives are never accountable for "unintended consequences" .... just for causing most)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
Since we are playing for it, I hope some stupid government douche doesn’t drop the darn thing after all the time and trouble to cast and polish it.....because after extensive investigation no one will be responsible.

To be fair, this one got dropped before the government took delivery.

18 posted on 08/23/2013 7:15:37 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: House Atreides

Or maybe it will be able to find a truthful word mac daddy said.


19 posted on 08/23/2013 8:37:16 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: House Atreides

OJ will hire it first. To find the real killers.


20 posted on 08/24/2013 3:45:46 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks BenLurkin, extra to APoD.


21 posted on 08/24/2013 7:04:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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Thanks BenLurkin.
 
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22 posted on 08/24/2013 7:04:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: NYer

(whoops) Thanks NYer.


23 posted on 08/27/2013 8:10:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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