World's largest telescope will 'see' better with Irish technology

MAORY (Multi-conjugate Adaptive Optics RelaY) will help compensate for the distortion of light caused by turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere, which makes astronomical images blurry
Jul 08 2021 Posted: 13:00 IST

The world’s largest telescope – the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) – is under construction in Chile. When it captures its “first light”, sometime in 2027 or 2028, Irish adaptive optics technology will be there to ensure it sees further and with greater clarity than any telescope in human history.

A team of researchers at NUI Galway, led by Dr Nicholas Devaney (School of Physics), with expertise in adaptive optics are involved in the ELT project as part of a consortium also involving the Grenoble Institute for Planetary Sciences and Astrophysics and the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) in Italy. The consortium will design and manage the construction of an instrument on the ELT, called multi-conjugate adaptive optics relay (MAORY), which corrects image distortion due to atmosphere blurring. The NUIG team were invited to join the MAORY project based on their scientific reputation.

Further information is available at the following link in the Irish Times Science News section.

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