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India time, the Master Partnership Agreement (MPA) for the
construction of the $1.5-billion Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT), what would be
the world’s largest optical and infrared telescope, was signed by the five
partner countries —
At — in Hawai. The telescope will be located just below the
summit at Mauna Kea at a height of 4,050 m. The construction is expected to
begin next year and the telescope is expected to become operational in 2022. Its
large collecting area makes it 81 times more sensitive (measure of the faintest
signal that it can detect) than the current largest ground-based telescopes.
‘India designing mirror coating system’ for TMT.
At present, India has three 2 m class optical-IR telescopes
and a 3.6 m telescope waiting to be commissioned.
Some important Physics Institutes and places important in civil services view point:
P. Sreekumar, the Director of the Indian Institute of
Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore.
Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences