St Asaph 'Big Bang' project

Engineers at Glyndwr University are working on the world's largest telescope, which aims to help mankind see to within a millisecond of the 'Big Bang'. Education Minister Leighton Andrews will visit the team this afternoon.

In pictures: Glyndwr University 'Big Bang' project

Engineers at Glyndwr University St. Asaph are working on the world's largest telescope, which aims to help mankind see to within a millisecond of the 'Big Bang'.

A team of 15 engineers are polishing seven prototype mirrors using advanced technology.

Glyndwr University St Asaph, home to engineers working on the telescope Credit: Working Word PR
An artist's impression of the finished telescope, also known as ‘the world’s largest eye on the sky’ Credit: Working Word PR
A 10m test tower set up in the lab to test the mirrors Credit: Working Word PR
Engineers polish the mirrors using advanced machines Credit: Working Word PR
Precision polishing of a glass mirror for the telescope Credit: Working Word PR

Glyndwr University St Asaph's 'Big Bang' engineers

Engineers at Glyndwr University St. Asaph are working on a €5m project aiming to help mankind see to within a millisecond of the 'Big Bang'.

A team of 15 engineers are working on prototype mirrors for the 39m telescope, which will be the largest optical and nera-infrared telescope in the world.

The telescope, due to be built in Chile in 2023, will eventually need over 900 specialist mirrors.

Glyndwr University says it is determined to secure the manufacturing of the mirrors in north-east Wales. It's claimed the move could create over 60 jobs and contribute €150m to the local economy.

Education Minister Leighton Andrews will visit the university this afternoon to view its work.

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