BY MEGHA GOSWAMI
Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru has another achievement in its name. The institute has operationalized a new optical telescope at Hanle region in Ladakh. The telescope was placed for observing new and distant stars and also providing clues on how heavy elements are actually cooked up inside a star which is considered as the final stage of a star.
The new achievement
The new telescope has experienced its first victory on June 12. The 0.7 mt telescope’s victorious sighting is being observed as a major astronomical height achieved by the nation.
The new telescope has been installed near the site of existing 2 mt Chandra telescope which was installed in the year 2000. This telescope is a part of the worldwide network of about 18 observatories which are known as Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen (GROWTH). This is an international science collaboration meant for studying the physics regarding very fast changing astronomical events, such as black hole mergers, asteroids present near earth, neutron stars, etc.
Varun Bhalerao from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, the principal investigator in the GROWTH project, said, “It’s also a robotic telescope in the sense that telescope automatically will open up the dome, do the calibration, carry out the observation, shut the dome in the morning and do the preliminary data analysis. Scientist’s job is to interpret the data.”
The new telescope has been designed for capturing cosmic events which are occurring in timescales which are much shorter that the light years.