Dec 30, 2022

China reveals ambitious plans for Asia’s largest optical telescope

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The nation wants to compete with NASA’S James Webb Space Telescope.

Peking University has ambitious plans to build the largest optical telescope in Asia, according to an article by Space.com

The Expanding Aperture Segmented Telescope

The new telescope will have an aperture of 19.7 feet (6 meters) by 2024 while its mirror will be expanded to 26.2 feet (8 m) by 2030. The project in English is called the Expanding Aperture Segmented Telescope (EAST) and according to a statement “will greatly improve China’s observation capabilities in optical astronomy.”

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