New radio telescope


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A new radio telescope to be placed atop 4205-m-high Mauna Kea in Hawaii will be the largest telescope of its kind ever built, and will open up previously unexplored submillimeter wavelengths to observation by astronomers when it begins operations in early 1986. The 10.4-m diameter dish antenna is being constructed by the California Institute of Technology, using $3.9 million in funding from the National Science Foundation.

The dish will be able to collect radio waves as short as a third of a millimeter, shorter than any other radio telescope now in operation. This will allow investigation of a new region of the spectrum important to the study of interstellar molecular clouds, among other celestial objects.