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Largest Telescope In Southern Hemisphere Unveiled

Sat Nov 12, 2005 6:30 am



The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) was officially unveiled yesterday, in Sutherland, a small town 400 km north of Cape Town, South Africa.

SALT is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, with a mirror 11 metres across. Although very similar to the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) in Texas, SALT has a redesigned optical system using more of the mirror array. It will be able to record distant stars, galaxies and quasars a billion times too faint to be seen with the unaided eye - as faint as a candle flame at the distance of the moon.

SALT was completed this year, and funded by a consortium of international partners from South Africa, the United States, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
 
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RE: Largest Telescope In Southern Hemisphere Unveiled

Sat Nov 12, 2005 6:32 am

Quoting FlySAA (Thread starter):
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RE: Largest Telescope In Southern Hemisphere Unveiled

Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:18 am

Wow, now that is really big  Smile
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RE: Largest Telescope In Southern Hemisphere Unveiled

Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:50 am

Kirkie will probably use it to look at the sun.

Pretty impressive stuff, though. That's one expensive mirror!
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RE: Largest Telescope In Southern Hemisphere Unveiled

Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:04 am

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 3):
Kirkie will probably use it to look at the sun.

They won't let him anywhere near that thing  biggrin 

It's pretty impressive though, I had a look at that place a few years ago when SALT was being built, it was huge...I can only imagine how massive the finished telescope must look.
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RE: Largest Telescope In Southern Hemisphere Unveiled

Sat Nov 12, 2005 12:17 pm

Almost as cool as the largest radio telescope in Puerto Rico!
 
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RE: Largest Telescope In Southern Hemisphere Unveiled

Sat Nov 12, 2005 1:51 pm

The way things are in this country I'm surprised they didn't call it the Nelson Mandela Telescope, almost everything else is named after him!
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RE: Largest Telescope In Southern Hemisphere Unveiled

Sat Nov 12, 2005 4:17 pm

For anyone in the know what is the viewing actually like in South Africa? A recent study from my University said that Antarctica was the best place in the world to view and we were trying to get funding for a larger mirror there that would exceed Hubble

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/09/040916103300.htm

Sorry to try and steal the South African thunder, since the Australian national rugby team can't seem to win anything maybe we can win the my mirror is better than your mirror contest!  Wink

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