Win a Giant Magellan Telescope Model

Win a Giant Magellan Telescope Model

ANU's Mount Stromlo Observatory has a long and distinguished history in astronomical research. The new Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) expands the capability at Mount Stromlo to include cutting edge projects in astronomical engineering. The facility includes state-of-the-art laboratories for research and development of new technologies, a large Integration Hall for assembling instruments for telescopes and a walkway that will allow the public to view work in the building without disrupting staff. Every new generation of telescopes demands more complex and efficient instruments. This centre will help maintain Australia's competative position in the international field of astronomical research and develop technologies that benefit other industries.

The AITC is playing a key role in some of the most exciting and visionary international projects in astronomy, including the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). The GMT will sit high atop the Chilean Andes, and when completed in around 2018, will provide images up to 10 times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope, allowing astronomers to gaze at objects over 12.5 billion light-years from Earth. The AITC will help design parts for the Magellan telescope including an instrument to pick up the most distant objects in the universe and adaptive optics technology that will remove the blur that arises from looking through our atmosphere.

The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre at Mout Stromlo has donated a model of the Giant Magellan Telescope. The model (shown assembled) comes flat packed. Current secondary school students who go on to study Astronomy or Astrophysics at university will complete their studies as the GMT comes on line. One of these future Australian scientists can win the GMT model by emailing the correct answer to the following question and their details to information@vssec.vic.edu.au   

Give three reasons for situating the Giant Magellan Telescope in the Chilean Andes

Competition open to: Australian secondary school students
Required information:
Correct answer, student name, school name, school address, year level
Winning entry: The first correct entry received that provides ALL of the above information
Prize: The model will be posted to the student c/o their school