Increasing our knowledge of how the universe works has always been enabled by technological development. From the invention of the telescope by Galileo, over 400 years ago, to the development of 8 to 10 meter class telescopes and the launch of the Hubble telescope at the end of the last century, fantastic new discoveries have been made by users of the latest and greatest telescopes. Progress continues to this day, with three major new telescopes under development world-wide. After a brief overview Brian will concentrate on the current development of the Giant Magellan Telescope, a 25m diameter telescope expected to see light later this decade on Las Campanas Peak in Chile. Here are some of the questions he will address: Who’s designing and building it? What is the process for carrying out such a big project? Who will get to use it and what questions will they answer with the telescope?
Speaker: Brian McLeod, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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