India’s biggest telescope inaugurated in Udaipur [ Current Affairs ]
India’s biggest multi-application solar telescope (MAST) was invested at the Udaipur Solar Observatory by Prof UR Rao, who is the chairman of the governing council of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.
About Multi-Application Solar Telescope (MAST):
- Multi-Application Solar Telescope is a multipurpose tool to study the physics of solar explosions.
- It includes features like 50 cm off - axis design for reduced scattered light, zerodur primary, secondary and Coude mirrors.
- It is authorized by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
- It got fund by the Department of Space. Near about Rs 26 crore has been spent on the project.
- It is developed on the basis of mechanical and optical system of Belgium.
Advantages of MAST:
- MAST would help in the study of movements of stars and sun even in day time.
- It will also help researchers to achieve new heights internationally in the study of sun and related components.
- Further providing 3-D images of solar activities like solar blast and solar flares, MAST could help in vital studies about other planetary movements.
- The site can claim of more than 250 days of continuous sunshine, which allows observing the sun properly during day time.
- Published on: August 5, 2015