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Prof UR Rao, the chairman of the governing council of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad has inaugurated the largest telescope in the country located at the Udaipur Solar Observatory on Tuesday.
The multi-application solar telescope (MAST) is the largest in the country and will boost research efforts.Rao said that MAST will allow researchers to study the movements of stars and sun even in day time. He also claimed that researchers will be able to achieve greater results on a global scale and study sun and related components in space.
MAST could help in vital studies about other planetary movements and will also provide 3-D images of solar activities like solar blast and solar flares. The telescope is surrounded by water as it is located on an island in the middle of Fatehsagarlake, allowing it to maintain a cooler temperature. The site also gets more than 250 days of continuous sunshine allowing the advanced device to absorb sun properly during day time.
MAST has been funded by the Department of Space and was commissioned by the Ministry of Science and Technology. The telescope will be managed and maintained by the Physical Research Laboratory of Ahmedabad.
"Unlike other telescopes, MAST is capable to capture three-dimensional aspects of the solar magnetic fields further enabling the scientists to get a better understanding of the solar flares and eruptions taking place in such twisted magnetic fields," according to a release.