India’s First Liquid Mirror Telescope
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The country's and the world's first Liquid Mirror Telescope has been set up in Uttarakhand. This telescope has been set up on top of a hill in Devasthal Observatory located in Nainital.
Through this telescope, it will be helpful to take information about supernova, gravitational lens and asteroids etc. in space.
The Indian Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT) will help in surveying the sky.
This will also make it easy to observe many galaxies and other astronomical sources.
In 2017, with the help of countries like Belgium, Canada, Poland, Aeries started the International Liquid Mirror Telescope Project with the help of 500 million.
What is a Liquid Mirror Telescope (LMT)?
It has been made by India with the help of astronomers from Belgium and Canada.
It is like a 4 metre diameter rotating mirror made of a thin film of liquid mercury, which collects and focuses the light.
It has been installed at Devasthal Observatory at an altitude of 2450 metres above sea level.
This observatory is situated in the Aryabhata Research Institute of Observational Science (ARIS), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science, Government of India.
To prepare the telescope, scientists created a pool of mercury, which is a reflective liquid. This causes the surface of the telescope to become curved.
This is ideal for focusing light.
A thin transparent film over it protects the mercury from the air.
It also has a large electronic camera, which records the images.
The telescope was designed and built in Belgium by the Advanced Mechanical and Optical Systems (AMOS) Corporation and the Center Spatial de Lige.
This telescope has taken a clear picture of the NGC 4274 galaxy, 95 thousand light years away.
Along with this, it has also easily captured the stars of the Milky Way in the camera.
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