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As the name of the instrument suggests, the Thirty Meter Telescope will have a total reflective surface that’s 30 meters (about 98 feet) in diameter. It will actually be composed of 492 small hexagonal mirrors that serve as part of the telescope’s new “adaptive optics” system. This might be the most important innovation of the TMT because it may save us from blasting expensive telescopes into space. Well, most of the time.
TMT will give astronomers a tool powerful enough to do long term studies on dark matter, supermassive black holes, and galactic formation. It could also assist in locating exoplanets out in universe until the more specialized instruments of the Webb telescope are online.
There are plenty of mountain ranges which are not strictly volcanic, so why is it that one of those was not used instead?
originally posted by: TrueBrit
Some of the worlds largest mountain ranges are produced from the collision of continental plates, which caused the Earth itself to rise up, much like the buckling of a car bonnet under impact in many respects. They were not caused by volcanism at all, but by the smashing together of two continental plates over time.