Thirty meter telescope

  • It is a proposed astronomical observatory with an extremely large telescope (ELT) that has become the source of controversy over its planned location on Mauna Kea in the state of Hawaii.
  • It will be world’s biggest telescope.
  • Construction of the TMT was proposed on land which is considered sacred to Native Hawaiian culture and religion.
  • Hanle in Ladakh is one among the new sites that are being explored for the construction of the telescope
  • India is a part of this project
  • Telescope is being developed by India, Canada, China, Japan and the U.S.
  • The telescope is expected to be ready by 2020.
India’s Contributions in the project:
  • India will spend Rs 1,300 crore on the project.
  • India’s contribution to the project will be more in terms of hardware than money.
Location of Hanle:



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