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The consortium governing the planning and construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope — which will be the worlds largest optical telescope when completed — has approved its $500 million assembly phase, which is roughly half of the project's $1 billion overall budget. The massive celestial-gazing instrument and its support facility will be built in Chile, on the Las Campanas Peak in the Andes mountain range. A seven-mirror telescope spanning 25.5 meters, or nearly 84 feet, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will focus six times the amount of light that is harnessed by the biggest optical telescopes... Read more...
The Adler Planetarium has finished a major two-year upgrade project that's replaced the facility's forty year-old Zeiss Mark VI projector with a "Digital Starball" system designed by Global Immersion Ltd. The new digital system is powered by an array of Nvdia Quadro GPUs and was designed to provide an update that could power the planetarium's star attractions for years to come. Located on Northerly Island, the Adler Planetarium was built in 1930 and shares Chicago's Museum Campus with the Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Natural History. It has long enjoyed special historic status as the first... Read more...