The Largest Solar Telescope In the World

The Largest Solar Telescope In the World

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The largest solar telescope in the world is the McMath-Pierce telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona, USA. This monster was built in the 1960s. It boasts a 1.6m primary mirror. There is a heliostat at the top of a 300 ft tower that tracks the Sun and sends its light to the primary mirror which is underground. This produces a 2.5 ft image of the sun in high definition. The video shows the telescope and what it is being used for. The video is a bit old now but still a good watch. 

There are some truly massive solar telescopes being planned in the future. The largest is the Chinese Giant Solar Telescope that is planned to have a 500-800 cm aperture.

Remember to never look at the Sun as it can permanently damage your eyes.



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