At 8.4 meters in diameter, the primary mirror was safely transported from the University of Arizona, where it was developed, to a temporary location. It was then integrated into the largest telescope in the world, being near the first primary mirror ever present in the equipment.
To be built at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, the telescope will be 1,500 tons and 2,514 meters high. The promise is that the equipment will make discoveries in the future that cannot even be imagined, the researchers guarantee.
The Magellan Giant Telescope is the result of an international partnership between the United States, Brazil and Korea and, according to the team, will "revolutionize the way we see and understand the universe."
On the project's official website you can follow the developments of the telescope construction through a webcam located at the Observatory, which captures photographs of the team's work every 15 minutes.