Today Asia’s biggest telescope has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. This is built by the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) with the assistance of Belgian.
The telescope has been located at a height of 2,500 metres at Devasthal in Nainital district. The site was chosen for getting a clear view of the sky. The telescope has mirror of 3.6 m diameter. The telescope facility has been incorporated with high end technology which enables it to be operated with the help of remote control from anywhere in the world.
ARIES, the largest optical telescope of its kind in Asia. It will be used to study star structures and magnetic field structures of stars and astronomical debris. It was remotely activated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel from Belgium.
In March 2007 Aries and Belgian company Advanced Mechanical and Optical Systems(AMOS) entered a contract for design, manufacture, integration, testing, supply and installation of the telescope. Belgium funded 7 per cent of the project whose total cost is estimated to be more than Rs120 crore.
Extra Info :
Belgian Currency : Euro
Capital : Brussels
So lets discuss some questions related to this post which can be asked in the upcoming exams :
1. Name the Asia’s largest telescope which is recently launched by PM of India and Belgian ?
2. Expand the term ARIES and AMOS ?
3. Name the place where Asia’s biggest telescope has been located ?
Courtesy : Economic Times