Yup you heard right! This is the world’s largest Binocular telescope and it sits atop Mount Graham in South Eastern Arizona. The product of a joint collaboration between Germany, Japan and US, the telescope’s rise to fame is its unique design. LBT as it is better known as has a 8.4 meter span for both its telescopic mounts that together produce high resolution images. It sits on Earth’s surface but thanks to dual imaging it produces 10 times more accurate and clear pictures thank Hubble ever could.
While the telescope sits quietly atop Mount Graham, its construction and operation has been marred with controversies. Naturalists wanted to move it elsewhere for the preservation of native red squirrels. Native Americans too opposed the telescope as Mount Graham is considered a sacred site for the Apache tribe. Nature itself has had close shaves with the Observatory in 2004 and much earlier in 1996 when wildfires came dangerously close to devouring the establishment.