GMRT: Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope observatory located in Pune has been provided with the prestigious IEEE milestone status.

  • The status was provided to honour its significant technical achievement, services, its excellence as unique product, patent and seminal papers that aim to benefit humanity.
  • This is the 3rd IEEE milestone recognition being offered to India according to the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA).
  • The previous two IEEE milestone recognition were awarded to JC Bose in the year 1895 and CV Raman in the year 1928. JC Bose is regarded as the Father of Wireless Communication.

Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT)

GMRT is an array of thirty fully steerable parabolic radio telescopes. Each radio telescope is of 45 m diameter and is operated by NCRA. It is a part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) located in Mumbai.

Giant Metrewave Radio telescope was built under the direction of lead professor Govind Swarup from 1984 to 1996. One of the major objectives of the telescope was to search for highly red shift 21-line radiation. These radiations are emitted from the primordial neutral hydrogen clouds. The determination of these radiations will help determine the epoch of galaxy formation in the universe.

In February 2020 the GMRT helped in observing the biggest explosion in the history of Universe called the Ophiuchus Supercluster Explosion.

Hydrogen Clouds

They are the interstellar matter where hydrogen occurs in its neutral state rather than its molecular or ionised states. They are detectable at radio wavelengths as they emit characteristic energy at a wavelength of 21 centimeter.

Redshifted 21cm Hydrogen Line

Redshifted 21cm Hydrogen Line is an electromagnetic radiation spectral line. It is created due to the change in energy state of neutral hydrogen atoms. These electromagnetic radiations fall in the wavelength of microwaves and is usually observed in radio astronomy. This is because these radio waves can penetrate large clouds of cosmic dust that are opaque to visible light.

About Ophiuchus Supercluster Explosion

The extremely powerful eruption occurred in the Ophiuchus supercluster. It is located at about 390 million light years from the Earth.

The eruption occurred due to a supermassive black hole. The observation was a result of several other earth-based and space-based observatory such as Chandra x-ray observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, XMM Newton Extra Space observatory of ESA (European Space Agency), Murchison Widefield array of Australia and the GMRT of India.

About Ophiuchus Supercluster

Ophiuchus Supercluster is one of the nearby Galaxy superclusters of the earth and located in the Ophiuchus constellation. Supercluster is a a group of galaxies. For instance, milky way is a part of Local Group Galaxy group. The Local Group in turn is a part of the Virgo supercluster. The Virgo supercluster in turn is a part of Laniakea Supercluster. There are more than (1 crore ) superclusters observed in the universe so far.

The superclusters indicate that the galaxies in the universe are not distributed uniformly.

Nearby superclusters

They are Coma Supercluster, Shapley Supercluster, Perseus-Pisces Supercluster, Sculptor Supercluster, Leo Supercluster and Ophiuchus supercluster.

IEEE Milestone status

In 1983, IEEE Milestone status was established to honour significant achievements of electrical and electronics engineering (EE). Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope Accorded IEEE Milestone Status Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope Accorded IEEE Milestone Status