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This technology will allow the telescope to capture 15 times more light than any other optical telescope and it will create images that are 16 times sharper than even the Hubble Space Telescope, which orbits high above the Earth.
Dr Verma said: "This telescope will be so powerful that it will collect enough light to look to the observable limit of the Universe - soon after the Big Bang when the first stars and galaxies formed.
"We'll be able to see when the Universe switched on."
She said that it could also provide a detailed view of exoplanets - other worlds outside of the Solar System.
"Well be able to look at the planets directly, look at their atmosphere and potentially look for signs of life," Dr Verma added.
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2014-06-19 09:38:37 UTC