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The largest Sun telescope got the body

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TelescopeSpanish manufacturers delivered the protective structure for what will become the world's largest ground-based optical telescope for studying the Sun. The 22m-high telescope has a diameter of 27 meters and weighs 500 tons.

The work, that will protect the solar telescope in Hawaii, is designed to protect instruments to measure solar radiation, wind and meteorological phenomena and was built by a group of Spanish companies led by the Basque Idom.

State Secretary for Research Carmen Vela, who presided over the ceremony, recalled that Idom is now part of a consortium competing to create the dome and main structure of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).

The E-ELT will be three times larger than Hawaii's telescope and will be installed in the Chilean dessert of Atacama, becoming the largest ground-based observatory, which could be used to seek alien life signals on other planets.

The structure was delivered to the Association for University Research on Astronomy, that coordinates the project that will be set up on the island of Maui in Hawaii by the end of 2015 and that be operative by 2019.

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