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The New Galileos - 2. The Large Binocular Telescope

Andrew Luck-Baker finds out about the world's largest telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope, which is nearing completion on a mountain top in Arizona.

The world's largest telescope is nearing completion on a mountain top in Arizona. With the combined power of its two giant mirrors, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) will image the Universe in greater detail than NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Andrew Luck-Baker talks to the astronomers who expect to see planets orbitting and being born around distant stars with the telescope. He also meets the technologists who designed and constructed the revolutionary observatory, and visits the spinning furnaces in which the 8.4 meter diameter mirrors were made.

The LBT is a trail blazer for astronomical technologies in the next generation of super-massive telescopes. Producer: Andrew Luck-Baker.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 11:30PM Tue, 11 May 2010
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9:00PM Thu, 7 May 2009
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  • Duration 30 minutes

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