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Tucson-area telescope project earns $2.1M grant

TUCSON, Ariz. — Organizers of a plan for the largest telescope at Kitt
Peak west of Tucson won a $2.1 million grant for the project.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that the grant from the
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation represents a small part of the cost of
widening the field of view of the 4-meter telescope and equipping it with the
world’s largest spectrograph that will be capable of mapping the universe.

The Tucson-based National Optical Astronomy Observatory joined with the
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to propose the project to the U.S.
Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

The estimated $100 million cost of the project will come partly from its
international collaborators but also seeks 75 percent of the total from the two
federal agencies.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star,


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