India’s Devasthal Telescope

In the Himalayan foothills near Naintal, India, stands the largest single-mirror optical telescope in Asia: India’s new Devasthal Telescope, designed and built under the joint leadership of the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), the Indian Institute for Astrophysics, and the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research. This week is the first anniversary of Devasthal going live, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel activated it remotely from Brussels. Additional contributions to the telescope come from Belgium’s industrial and academic sectors, and also from Russian industry. Here’s a photo of the telescope building and enclosure.

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