Giant telescope begun.
The Keck telescope will hve a radically new design. Its mirror will be built of smaller segments, each with independent support and positioning control. (Manufacture of a monolithic 10-meter mirror is considered impractical.) The design is largely by astronomers of the University of California. The California Association for Research in Astronomy, which represents the University of California and California Institute of Technology, will build the new telescope. The cost of construction, about $87 million, will be supplied by Caltech in Pasadena, mainly from a grant by the Keck Foundation of Los Angeles. The 13,000-foot Mauna Kea offers some of the best astronomical seeing in the world. Housing several other telescopes, its summit is fast becoming an astronomer's acropolis.
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|Title Annotation:||W.M. Keck Telescope|
|Date:||Sep 21, 1985|
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