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Star Telescope: Illuminating the Universe

The image above shows the Large Milimeter Telescope (LMT) at work on the summit of Volcan Sierra Negra in the state of Puebla, Mexico. Situated at an altitude of 4,600 meters, the telescope is the world’s largest single-dish millimeter-wavelength telescope, enabling scientists to explore the physical processes that lead to the formation and evolution of stars, galaxies, black holes, and planetary systems. The LMT is a bi-national collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica. The LMT is also the nerve center for the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of antennas that make up the largest telescope ever. Learn more.

Image credit: James Lowenthal