Don't we live in exciting times? While the Keck Observatory's Twin Telescopes have mirrors that measure an astounding 10 meters (32.8 feet across), the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chili, with an updated 1st light target date of 2024 (per an Aug 2018 post), will be comprised of 7 mirrors that will collectively measure a massive 25.4 meters. And thanks to adaptive optics, the Magellan will resolve down to it's defraction limit giving it a resolution expected to be 10x that of the Hubble Space Telescope!
Here's a great video about the Magellan (that was posted previously on CloudyNights):
And here's something new ...
Here's a copy (in PDF form) of the 208 page book: "Giant Magellan Telescope Science Book 2018" (it's excellent):
Additional downloadable resources here:
And if the Giant Magellan Telescope isn't "giant enough" for you - even bigger telescopes are on the way, including the next generation TMT: "Thirty Meter Telescope" currently under construction on Maunakea, Hawaii. It was bogged down in lawsuits but after going all the way to the Hawaii Supreme Court, they got their permit affirmed Oct 30, 2018 and the Hawaii Dept of Land & Natural Resources issued a Notice to Proceed June 20, 2019. Work began July 15, 2019 - with first light slated for July 20, 2027. More at: https://www.tmt.org/
We're about to discover MANY more ExoPlanets - and that may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Exciting times indeed!
Edited by cloudynebulas, 08 October 2019 - 01:07 AM.