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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 5, 2005 4:34:49 GMT -6
Canadians hope to build world's largest telescope
VANCOUVER - It would be a giant eye, the length of a football field, trained at space that could answer the eternal question: is anyone else out there? Canadian scientists who are determined to build the world's largest optical telescope, with a lens 30 metres in diameter, to clear our now-fuzzy images of the end of the universe are trying to raise money for the project. They say it will take $750 million and 10 years to build the telescope.
Scientists are testing possible sites for the telescope in Hawaii, Mexico and Chile. "It's got to be a site that's meaningful from an astronomical point of view, but we don't want it to be in place that's so hostile that scientists and people won't go there," Halliday said.