ad

Giant telescope project gearing up for blast-off

Published date: 19 June 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
Read more articles by Staff reporter Email reporter


 

THE world’s largest telescope – partly created by Glyndwr University – will be a step closer to completion today.

The peak of a 3,000 metre mountain in the Chilean Andes will be blasted-off to create a plateau needed for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which will be the largest telescope of its kind to be built anywhere in the world.

The pioneering £900 million star-gazer will have a link to North East Wales, with Glyndwr University’s pioneering technology centre involved in producing its mirrors.

It is due to be completed in 2022. Once ready, it will be able to take direct images of planets orbiting distant stars.

Astronomers also hope it will be able to give an insight into the first galaxies to form after the Big Bang.

Between 4.30pm and 6.30pm today the peak of Cerro Armazones in Northern Chile will be reduced by 40 metres to create a level surface.

Nearly one million tonnes of rock need to be blown off to leave a base large enough for the telescope.

Glyndwr’s OpTIC technology centre in St Asaph has been delivering prototypes for the telescope’s primary mirror system, which will consist of 798 hexagonal mirrors each 1.4 metres wide.

The summit of Cerro Armazones is part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). This has required the development of new mechanical polishing methods at a scale of ten thousand times thinner than a human hair, which alone represents a significant boost in large optics manufacturing capability to the UK.

ESO project manager, Tony Fox-Leonard, said: “The levelling of the mountain top is very exciting and provides confidence to those on the periphery that this ground-breaking venture is going ahead.

“It is coincidental that this week we completed yet another segment to meet the demanding requirements of the optics for the E-ELT.

“The project here at St Asaph continues to be a true team effort overcoming some difficult metrology and analysis, process and tool optimisation.”

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

You must be a registered user to leave a comment. Register or login here.

Past pictures from Bodhyfryd

  • BG-311011-1279
  • l108dc6d
  • l108dc6e
Local Bygones

View thousands more photos like this on www.localbygones.co.uk

Browse our archive
 

Local Business Offers & Promotions

  • 10% OFF

    STUDENTS, OAP;S, HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS. 10 % OFF Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Wash/Finish or Wash/Cut/Wash (Not in Conjunction with any offer)

    Valid Until: Thursday, 11 Dec 2014

    Voucher Code: C&CO

  • 25% Off your Food bill!

    Each diner must purchase a starter & a main course. Offer valid until December 2014. Valid Sundays - Fridays only. Not valid on Bank Holidays & Selected Dates - please call for confirmation. Please book in advance & mention ' Web Offer'. This offer excludes Buffet, Banquet & Takeaway. The Restaurant reserves the right to change this offer at anytime.

    Valid Until: Friday, 05 Dec 2014

    Voucher Code: Web Offer


View all offers & promotions

Featured Businesses

View all adverts