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Top 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change The Way We See Space

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Giant Magellan Telescope
Chile

 The Giant Magellan Telescope is made of seven round mirrors, which combined are equivalent to a telescope of 25 meters or 80 feet in diameter.

The mountaintop blasting at Las Campanas in Chile happened two years ago, and astronomers are now awaiting the casting and polishing of the 7 mirrors. Because of their size, each mirror can take up to four years to be cooled and polished.

Scientists will use it to search for alien life on extrasolar planets, for instance, and to understand how the first galaxies formed, why the universe is mostly made of dark matter and dark energy, and what the universe will be like a few trillion years from now.

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