Mexico linked its Large Millimeter Telescope with seven U.S. radio telescopes to achieve greater range and resolution in astronomical observations, the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, or INAOE, said.
The institution said in a statement Thursday that the connection - the first to be established "from Mexican territory" - used a technique known as interferometry, whereby data collected by the telescopes is combined to achieve greater joint image resolution.
Mexican astronomers and experts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Haystack Observatory and the U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory participated in the observations, it added.
The INAOE noted that the international group of astronomers observed the nuclear regions of the gamma-ray-emitting distant quasar 1633+382, which is located at a distance of more than 10 billion light years.
The Large Millimeter Telescope was built by the INAOE and UMass at a cost of $180 million.
Located atop a dormant volcano in the central Mexican state of Puebla, it is the largest telescope of its type in the world and will enable scientists to increase their knowledge of the formation of the universe's structures. EFE