After many exhausting years of planning and engineering, the construction of the $1.4 billion telescope in Hawaii has started.
Named Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), this machine will provide astronomers with the power to observe the stars, as it will have a resolution 10 times stronger than Hubble.
The telescope will observe from near ultraviolet to mid-infrared (0.31 to 28 μm wavelengths). Furthermore, it will feature a system to eliminate the blur caused by the Earth’s atmosphere and would be capable of analyzing many astrophysical problems. Among aims of the telescope are dark energy, dark matter and tests of the Standard Model of particle physics, characterization of the first stars and galaxies in the Universe, exoplanet discovery, connections between supermassive black holes and galaxies, physics of planet and star formation and even the search for life on planets outside the Solar System, according to website zmescience.com.