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Brazil unveils state-of-the-art telescope to monitor space debris

The country will operate the telescope as part of a Russian space monitoring project, but the new device will also contribute to Brazilian research and facilitate satellite launches

telescope to monitor space debris
Pico dos Dias Observatory. Photo: PxHere/CC

The largest of its kind in Brazil, the Pico dos Dias Observatory sits at an altitude of 1,864 meters above sea level, on a hill to the south of Minas Gerais state. Operated by Brazil’s national astrophysics laboratory — linked to the Science and Technology Ministry — it is home to four telescopes, the largest of which came into use only last month.

Made in Russia, the brand-new telescope has been in assembly since last year. Its 75-centimeter aperture allows it to have a broader field of view than any other telescope in use in Brazil.

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