INDIA TO BUILD WORLD'S BIGGEST TELESCOPE :
|WORLD'S BIGGEST TELESCOPE|
New Delhi will invest $212 mil- lion from 2014 to 2023.
The deal for the project was ma terialised during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the US.
Larger than Subaru
The telescope will be larger than Japan's Subaru telescope, one of the world's biggest, which was also built on the summit of Mauna Kea and started observation in 1999.
The Subaru Telescope's single main mirror measures 8.2 metres in diameter, while the new telescope will be composed of 492 hexagonal mirrors, each measuring 72 cm across. In other words, the telescope's mirror stretching almost 100 feet in diameter is nearly the length of a Boeing 737's wingspan
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