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Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) (Image 3)

Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope


Funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by the National Solar Observatory, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) will be the most powerful solar telescope in the world when it is completed. Its 4 meter (13 feet) primary mirror will collect 13 kilowatts of energy, comparable to a dozen stadium lights. Cooling DKIST is one of the many technological hurdles the engineering team will have to overcome to make the telescope a success. (Date image taken: 2017; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: July 12, 2017) [Image 3 of 7 related images. See Image 4.]

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