Construction has begun on the biggest telescope the world has ever seen. A joint venture between United States of America, Brazil, and Korea sees the assemblage of seven giant mirrors, painstakingly crafted to precision by Arizona's Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory, producing the Giant Magellan Telescope which will point at the light-pollution free skies over Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.
Thanks to the principle of adaptive optics, which cancels out the distorting effects of the Earth's atmosphere on light, and the revolutionary size of the mirror array the GMT will be capable of capturing images of ten times higher resolution than the Hubble Space Telescope. Having learned a great deal more about the universe from images taken by the Hubble, having a magnitude of greater clarity can only mean more secrets will be revealed.
By staring at the skies for long periods of time, the GMT will be able to detect light from the most distant objects ever seen by human eyes. The macro-structure of the universe is there to be examined and the scope of cosmology is preparing for this massive influx of new data that will help unravel one of the most primordial of conundrums - Why is the universe like it is and where did it come from?
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