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Close to border with India, China is developing the world's highest altitude telescope
With a budget of $18.8 million, China is setting up the world's highest telescope. The telescope will be located in Ngari, Tibet at an altitude of 5,250 meters above sea level.

The location of the telescope is very close to the Line of Actual Control that China shares with India. The region has clear skies and minimal human activity that makes it ideal for observing faint echoes from the earliest days of the universe, soon after the Big Bang.

The first telescope, code-named, Ngari No. 1 is scheduled to be completed by 2021 while no time frame has been specified for the second part of the project code-named Ngari No. 2. Ngari No. 2 involves the development of a series of telescopes that will be located at an altitude of about 6,000 meters above sea level.

The altitude gravitational wave telescope will be used to detect faintest echoes resonating from the universe that can be used to reveal more about the Big Bang theory along with gathering precise data on primordial gravitational waves in the Northern Hemisphere.

The project was initiated by the Institute of High Energy Physics, National Astronomical Observatories, and Shanghai Institute of Microsystems and Information Technology. This observatory will be among the world's top primordial gravitational wave observation bases, alongside the South Pole Telescope and the facility in Chile's Atacama Desert.

This development comes after China in last September commissioned the world's largest radio telescope in a mountainous region of southwest China's Guizhou Province. The radio telescope aims to locate more strange objects in space, gain a better understanding of the origin of the universe and boost the global hunt for extraterrestrial life.

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