Author: S.Manikandaprabhu Posted On : 01st April 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel remotely launched Asia's biggest telescope, the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) which is located at Devasthal near Nainital in Uttarakhand.
The telescope is the product of an Indo-Belgian collaborative effort and was assisted by the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) or Devasthal telescope
It is the largest optical telescope of its kind in Asia.
It will be used to study star structures and magnetic field structures of stars.
India produced this telescope in collaboration with a Belgian company called AMOS (Advanced Mechanical and Optical Systems) to build and install the mirrors in 2007
The telescope with a 3.6-metre-wide primary mirror will collect light from its field of view and focus it onto a 0.9-m secondary mirror from where it will be diverted to various detectors for analysis. This arrangement, called the Ritchey-ChrÃ©tien design.
It is located in are latively advantageous position at a peak 2.5 km high in the Western Himalaya and 50 kilometers west of Nainital.
It will be able to log the physical and chemical properties of stars and star clusters;high-energy radiation emanating from sources like black holes; and the formation and properties of exo-planets.
The data will be analysed using three attendant detectors:
High-resolution Spectrograph,developed by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru
Near Infrared Imaging Camera, developed by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
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