India, four other nations to begin work on world's biggest telescope in Hawaii Island

Updated: Oct 07, 2014, 10:08 AM IST
India, four other nations to begin work on world's biggest telescope in Hawaii Island

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Opening a new chapter in order to explore the universe, India along with Japan, the US, China and Canada will start work on the world's biggest telescope in Hawaii Island on Tuesday.

The 30-metre telescope, also known as TMT, will be built near the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano on Hawaii Island.

According to reports, with the help of TMT, astronomers will be able to study stars which have their origin dated 200 million to 400 million years after the Big Bang.

Around 100 astronomers and officials from these five countries will attend a ceremony in Hawaii Island to mark the beginning of the construction work.

The construction of TMT is likely to be completed by 2022.

The project would cost $1.47 billion with Japan covering about a quarter of the cost, the report said.

(With Agency inputs)