To infinity and beyond—This glass is going places after building world’s largest telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope, when completed and operational in 2023, will be the world’s largest telescope—and it will search the cosmos for signs of biological life from its installation in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

It will be one of a few pieces of equipment that can do so, and that’s thanks to the telescope’s unprecedented light-gathering skills. The completed telescope will consist of seven 27.5-ft mirrors, arranged together in a flower pattern. Together, those seven mirrors give the telescope a light-gathering area of about 360 m2—just smaller than a basketball court...

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