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Astronomers have adopted a new telescope, tocha observations Observatory La Silla in Chile
The Chilean Observatory of La Silla has launched a unique telescope Test-Bed Telescope 2, a development of the EU. The essence of the project is to scan the near-Earth space as accurately as possible for mysterious objects, in this case, the most advanced technique for analyzing near-Earth space is used.
In the EU media, they write that this object is the fruit of the creativity of two large organizations ( ESO and ESA). Something similar also exists in Spain, this device is designed to analyze the surrounding space for an asteroid invasion.
The telescope will study in the 56-centimeter wavelength range together with the same device that stands in the Spanish Sebreros.
According to scientists, two TBT series telescopes are just what is needed and just what was planned by the scientific community when a special justification was prepared for this project.
One telescope is basically a well-known model and everyone knows how to control it, but in the case when two telescopes in a pair are used to observe the nearest space, then you need to have a specially developed system of non-familiar control. In the future, the network of telescopes will grow and it will clearly no longer have two, but much more telescopes, and the entire system will be much more effective in the case of monitoring the surrounding space for the presence of something unusual there. It is assumed that a network of telescopes will monitor the sky offline, all will be controlled by a specially developed program.
Setting up and installing telescopes of this type is already a familiar thing for specialists in the field of space research, and everything went extremely quickly, even in a sense with acceleration. Very little time has passed from the very moment when it was decided to build the telescope until the moment when the perov image was obtained.
Such systems for monitoring outer space are very necessary for humanity, since there is still a certain danger that "God" will throw a large boulder into the Ground and in an instant solve the problems that have arisen in the modern world due to the egoism of a reasonable person.
What can come to us in the end?
In the space closest to our planet, not a few pieces of debris the size of Mount Everest fly, and even a smaller boulder can cause quite a few troubles. If you believe the data of astronomers, then somewhere in the area of a limited space in the Solar System, there are about 900,000 dangerous asteroids flying, a certain percentage of this list approaches the Earth for periods, and each time this approach can be slightly adjusted by different factors, so there is someone to watch!
Astronomers from the EU have identified the most dangerous asteroids among all, there were more than 1222, or slightly more. The exact number in an unstable system is difficult to say. If the objects are large in size, then it is a pleasure to follow them, they change their orbit less and are more predictable in their behavior. If we take into account small-sized asteroids, they are more nimble and there are more of them in the Solar System, although they are not large in size, but they may well harm humanity so much that it is difficult to even imagine.
In order to roughly understand the scale of the problem, you need to at least rewrite all possible asteroids, and then think about what to do with them, the TVT project should play a good role in this.
How do astronomers search in the pitch-black night sky for those asteroids that are dangerous? To a greater extent, these are high-resolution slit-type telescopes. These telescopes observe only a small area of the night sky per unit of time, on the one hand,the process is very clear, and on the other hand, it takes a lot of time to view everything.
In order to work out both special software and mechanics, the TVT project was created, later it will grow into something more impressive with the ability to control an entire network of a large number of devices for tracking unsolicited space objects. When the plan becomes a reality, the EU will be able to monitor everything that happens in the nearest space with the greatest possible probability and, if possible, make necessary and important decisions quickly.
All night, a network of specially designed telescopes will look into the night sky in search of dangerous objects, if something new gets into the network, then the next morning astronomers will learn about it and will study this object more scrupulously. The network of ground-based telescopes will work offline, the human factor will be excluded as much as possible, which should reduce the likelihood that some dangerous object will fly by and we will not notice it.
All near-Earth space monitoring data will be collected in the data bank of the Minor Planet Center. Next, special programs will calculate the trajectories of these asteroids and determine the probability that they will collide with something or when it will change their usual trajectory .
The TBT2 telescope in La Silla will enter permanent service at the end of 2021.
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