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Published on Jan 9, 2012
Explore Research at the University of Florida: Associate astronomy professor Eric Ford explains UF's partnership with Spain and Mexico to create the Gran Telescopio Canaries, the world's largest optical telescope. It is located in the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, one of the best sites in the world for optical astronomy. Ford describes how the massive telescope works and is being used to observe particular celestial bodies.