World’s Highest Altitude Telescopes To Be Installed At India-China Border

China plans to install the world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet. Reports suggest that the Chinese government has sanctioned USD 18.8 million for setting up the telescopes near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India.
Yao Yongqiang, the chief researcher with National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has confirmed the news, saying that the telescopes will make it easier for scientists to detect faintest echoes resonating from universe. He made clear that the only purpose of the proposed move is to reveal more about the Big Bang theory.
The Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency has quoted Yao as saying that his colleagues recently started construction work of the first telescope – code-named Ngari No 1 – near Shiquanhe Town in Ngari Prefecture. He explained that the telescope, to be installed 5,250m above sea level, could easily detect and gather precise data on primordial gravitational waves in the Northern Hemisphere. Yao expressed hope that the first telescope would be operational by the end of 2021. He informed the media that main structure of the telescope would be a 4,450-panel reflector as large as 30 football pitches.
The senior Chinese scientist further said that the second phase of construction work would involve a series of telescopes – code-named Ngari No 2 – and those would be located about 6,000m above sea level. Without giving any time frame for construction of Ngari No 2, he stressed that the total cost of the project would be around USD 18.8 million.
Meanwhile, Yao thanked the Institute of High Energy Physics and Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology for helping National Astronomical Observatories in carrying out the scientific project. According to the senior scientist, they have decided to install the telescopes in Ngari, as it is one of the world’s best spots to detect tiny twists in cosmic light mainly because of its high altitude, clear sky and minimal human activity.
Terming the project as one of the most important ones currently being carried out by China, Yao said that the Ngari observatory would be one of the world’s top primordial gravitational wave observation bases, alongside the South Pole Telescope and the facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
In September 2016, the Asian powerhouse commissioned the world’s largest radio telescope in its south-western Province of Guizhou to search for more strange objects space, to gain better understand the origin of the universe and to boost the global hunt for extraterrestrial life.


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