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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Science |

Tenerife opens largest solar telescope in Europe

In the Observatorio del Teide of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), will now have a telescope but dedicated exclusively to studying the most important star and bright for us: The sun. He has been named Gregor and is considered the largest solar telescope in Europe (it has a five-foot opening). It is the third in the world whose destiny is to study the sun.

Main objective: To learn more of the sun and how its changes affect us in our planet. Solar storms damage satellites and power grids in a world like this, which is increasingly dependent on new technologies, it is important to understand and monitor the behavior of this star. And then there’s the economic question, of course.

What information do you provide? Aside from knowing more about our sun will also help to look at other more distant suns and compare their business cycles.

We will also have better images with more detail than those obtained so far by the light captured by the satellite and an imaging system that records observations of the sun’s surface at different wavelengths.

The telescope also has an adaptive optics system that helps in obtaining better images despite the effects of turbulence in the atmosphere, so you may see areas at scales of 70 km.

For GREGOR observations are as complete as possible, also has an interferometer that will help study the photosphere (surface of the sun) and the chromosphere (outer layer to the photosphere) and a spectrograph that has been created by the same IAC for obtain maps of the sun’s magnetic fields.

A step forward to learn more about our solar system thanks to new technologies. Here you have a video in case you want to take a look at the telescope:

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