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JCMT [James Clerk Maxwell Telescope]

April 11, 2016

The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope [JCMT] is a submillimetre-wavelength telescope. The big dish you see is actually a mirror that reflects in the radio frequency of the electromagnetic spectrum, rather than visible light. Its primary mirror is 15 metres  across:, making it the largest single-dish telescope in submillimetre wavelengths.  Also cool is the fact that the largest piece of Goretex is used to shield the dish from damage!

 (Stacie outside the JCMT)

 (The official dedication sign)

 

 (The reflective dish, note the metallic surface as opposed to the glass/mirror surface)

 

 (Enjoying the outside view!)

 (The extremely large sheet of Goretex protecting the dish)

 (Part of SCUBA-2.  See the Canadian influence on the instruments!  How cool is that?)

 

The University of Lethbridge was responsible for the work on the Fourier Transform Spectrometer used in the SCUBA-2.  Just goes to show you that you don't need to travel far to have a far reaching influence.

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