Construction has now started on the worlds largest telescope. In this video you can see how the planned 80-foot Giant Magellan Telescope will look after its completion in 2018 atop a mountain in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
Images courtesy of Giant Magellan Telescope
In order to make room for what will be the world’s largest telescope, Astronomers have begun to blast 3 million cubic feet of rock (more than 70 controlled blasts will be needed) from a mountaintop in the Chilean Andes.
The telescope will be located at the Carnegie Institution’s Las Campanas Observatory – one of the world’s premier astronomical sites.
The area is known for its pristine conditions and clear, dark skies.
The GMT will have unprecedented capabilities, allowing it to peer back to the dawn of time, help astronomers probe the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, exploring planetary systems, witnessing the birth of the first stars, galaxies and black holes.