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Hawaii telescope:  Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

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  • January 22, 2020
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Hawaii telescope:  Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

Part of: GS Sci & Tech and GS-III – Technology

In news:

  • India Wants Thirty-Metre Telescope Shifted Out of Hawaii (Mauna kea)
Daily Current Affairs IAS | UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam – 22nd January 2020

Daily Current Affairs IAS | UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam – 22nd January 2020

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Why oppose?

  • The proposed site is considered sacred to indigenous Hawaiians.

From Prelims Point of view:

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT):

  • The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a proposed astronomical observatory with an extremely large telescope (ELT).
  • It is an international project being funded by scientific organisations of Canada, China, India, Japan and USA.
  • Planned location: Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii in the US state of Hawaii.
  • The TMT is designed for near-ultraviolet to mid-infrared observations, featuring adaptive optics to assist in correcting image blur.
  • TMT will enable scientists to study fainter objects far away from us in the Universe, which gives information about early stages of evolution of the Universe
  • It will give us finer details of not-so-far-away objects like undiscovered planets and other objects in the Solar System and planets around other stars.

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