On March 21, Asia’s largest International Liquid Mirror Telescope was inaugurated at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences in Nainital, famous as the tourist city of Uttarakhand.
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New Delhi: Uttarakhand Asia’s largest mirror telescope has been installed in Nainital. this telescope Nainital I am engaged in the temple. in India this telescope It is also special because the history of astronomy in India is centuries old. India has made significant contributions to astronomy. On March 21, at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences in Nainital, known as the tourist city of Uttarakhand. Asia India’s largest International Liquid Mirror Telescope was inaugurated.
What is the specialty of telescope?
This telescope installed in Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Science is 4 meters in diameter. India has made this telescope in collaboration with Canada and Belgium. Professor Dipankar Banerjee, director of ARIES, gave information about what is special about this telescope. He told that for the first time in the world this telescope is being used for astronomical observation. This telescope will reveal many secrets of space. It will work for five years.
Union minister @DrJitendraSingh inaugurates Asia’s largest 4-metre International Liquid Mirror Telescope at Devasthal in Uttarakhand
The world-class 4-metre International Liquid Mirror Telescope is now ready to explore the deep celestial sky
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Telescope will help in research
Testing of Asia’s largest telescope has been done and better results have come out. This telescope will help in the research of studies done with 3.6 meter optical telescope. Professor, former director of ARIES, also underlined the importance of this telescope. He said that with the installation of this telescope, research related to space will start happening rapidly. This telescope can generate 10 to 15 GB of data, which will be of great help in better understanding the mysteries of space, new information about stars and meteorites will be revealed.
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Why telescope was installed in Nainital?
There are some important reasons for installing Asia’s biggest telescope in the temple of Nainital. The sky remains clear for about 200 days at the Devasthal site. Because of this, it is more beneficial to keep an eye on the sky movements from this place. Due to being in the height, clouds also form less.
Talking about Asia’s biggest telescope, it has three components. The first bowl, which contains mercury (liquid metal). It consists of an air pressure driven motor, on which the liquid mirror rests. Apart from this, there is a system to drive a motor, which while rotating takes a parabolic shape from the surface of the liquid mirror telescope. This shape is ideal for focusing light.