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Gallery: The Giant Magellan Telescope Envisioned in Chile

The Giant Magellan Telescope: Artist's View

Giant Magellan Telescope - GMTO Corporation

An artist's illustration of the completed Giant Magellan Telescope atop Las Campanas Peak in Chile's Atacama Desert. It will be one of the largest on Earth when it is completed in 2018.

The Giant Magellan Telescope: Artist's View

Giant Magellan Telescope - GMTO Corporation

An artist's illustration of the completed Giant Magellan Telescope atop Las Campanas Peak in Chile's Atacama Desert. The 82-foot (24.5-meter) telescope will be one of the largest on Earth when it is completed in 2018.

The Giant Magellan Telescope: Artist's View

Giant Magellan Telescope - GMTO Corporation

An artist's illustration of the completed Giant Magellan Telescope atop Las Campanas Peak in Chile's Atacama Desert. The 82-foot (24.5-meter) telescope will consist of six smaller, circular mirrors and feature an advanced adaptive optics system. It will be one of the largest on Earth when it is completed in 2018.

The Giant Magellan Telescope: Artist's View

Giant Magellan Telescope - GMTO Corporation

An artist's illustration of the completed Giant Magellan Telescope atop Las Campanas Peak in Chile's Atacama Desert. The 80-foot (24.5-meter) telescope will consist of seven primary mirrors and feature an advanced adaptive optics system. It will be one of the largest on Earth when it's up and running in 2020.

The Giant Magellan Telescope: Artist's View

Giant Magellan Telescope - GMTO Corporation

An artist's illustration of the completed Giant Magellan Telescope atop Las Campanas Peak in Chile's Atacama Desert. The 82-foot (24.5-meter) telescope will be one of the largest on Earth when it is completed in 2018.

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Giant Magellan Telescope — GMTO Corporation

An illustration of the planned Giant Magellan Telescope to be built at Las Campanas Observatory near La Serena, Chile by 2018.

The Giant Magellan Telescope: Artist's View

Giant Magellan Telescope - GMTO Corporation

An artist's illustration of the completed Giant Magellan Telescope atop Las Campanas Peak in Chile's Atacama Desert. The 82-foot (24.5-meter) telescope will consist of six smaller, circular mirrors and feature an advanced adaptive optics system. It will be one of the largest on Earth when it is completed in 2018.

Giant Magellan Telescope conception

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The Giant Magellan Telescope as it will look after construction on Cerro Las Campanas in Chile.

Giant Magellan Telescope - mirror polishing

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An 8.4-meter mirror for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope being polished at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab.

Giant Magellan Telescope - mirrors

Giant Magellan Telescope - GMTO Corporation

Artist’s representation of the seven giant mirrors installed in the Giant Magellan Telescope.

Giant Magellan Telescope Site in Chile

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The Giant Magellan Telescope site just before sunset on Nov. 11, 2015.

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