India's remotely controlled terrestrial solar telescope, which will be the largest of its kind in the world will be operational by 2013. A high-resolution two-metre class solar telescope be placed soon to help scientists study the sun.
The solar telescope will developed by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Banglore in collaboration with the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics Pune and the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital.
The remotely controlled terrestrial solar-telescope, which will have a 2-metre diameter aperture, is the biggest and the initial cost of developing the telescope will be about Rs.150 crore. The institute is evaluating the Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle (Ladakh), Leh (Ladakh) and Devasthal (near Nainital) as possible location for housing the telescope.
A team of about 30 to 40 scientists are working for the Development of the project. The telescope has to be located in a place where the air is thin and had no pollutants or the affect of city light. Ideally it would be placed 13,000-14,000 feet above sea level. The US is also planning for the development of a four-meter solar telescope which is expected to be completed by the year 2016.
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