A state-of-the-art telescope in the mountains of Chile will in future give astronomers insights into the formation of stars and galaxies.
The telescope is to be erected on the 5,600-meter-high Cerro Chajnantor in the Chilean Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth.
The University of Cologne, which is involved in the research project, announced that observations in the sub-millimeter radiation range were required to be high and dry. Without this special position of the telescope, the observations would be slightly distorted by water vapor in the earth’s atmosphere.
The telescope has also been optimized for measuring light from the earliest moments after the Big Bang and can provide information about it.
According to the University of Cologne, the international research project has reached the funding phase.
The Canadian Foundation for Innovation, for example, is funding the research project with almost five million dollars.
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