Observatory takes second run at installing new telescope reflector

The result of the first installation.
Image Credit: National Research Council of Canada

PENTICTON —  After a failed first attempt, researches will try a second time to put in place a 200-square-metre telescope reflector for some serious star gazing.

The National Research Council of Canada first tried to install the reflector — which looks similar to a satellite dish — in October, 2013, but heavy winds damaged it as it was brought in via helicopter.

The team will bring in a new telescope reflector tomorrow morning, hopefully without the centre concaving.

The device will be used by the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory for the Square-Kilometre Array, the world’s largest radio telescope. The array will be made up of thousands of radio telescopes located around the globe including in the southern portion of the African continent and Australia.

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