On 13th March 2021, The team of Russian scientists have formally launched one of the biggest underwater space telescopes of the world. This underwater space telescope was deployed deep into universe from pristine waters of Lake Baikal.

Deep Underwater Telescope

It was under construction since 2015. The Giant telescope has been designed to observe the smallest known particles called neutrinos. The Giant Space telescope has been named as “Baikal-GVD”. It was submerged to the depth of 750-1300 meters across the 4 km from the shore of Lake Baikal. The floating observatory comprises of strings along with the spherical glass and the attached stainless-steel modules.

Purpose of the Space telescope

The Baikal Space telescope will rival Ice Cube which is a giant neutrino observatory under the Antarctic ice at the USA research station located at the South Pole.

About Lake Baikal

  • The ancient, massive lake rift lake located in the southern Siberia, Russia.
  • It is located between the Irkutsk Oblast in the northwest and Buryat Republic in the southeast.
  • The lake is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world.
  • It comprises of 22 per cent to 23 per cent of the fresh surface water of World.
  • The lake comprises of more water than all the North American Great Lakes combined.
  • The lake Baikal is also the World’s deepest lake with the maximum depth of 1,642 meteres.
  • It is also the oldest lake of the world. With respect to the surface area, it is the 7th-largest lake in the world.
  • It is home to several species of plants and animals.
  • The region located to the east of Lake Baikal is also called as the Transbaikalia or Transbaikal.
  • Lake Baikal has been designated as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.

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