An astrophysics center built on Mexico's extinct Sierra Negra volcano has become a window to the heavens, allowing scientists from around the world to gain more knowledge about the Universe, Mexican experts told Efe.

Astronomers, physicists and astrophysicists from different Mexican and foreign institutions are observing the most distant corners of the heavens using the Large Millimeter Telescope, or LMT, as well as equipment to detect solar neutrons and gamma rays.

All this astronomical work is being conducted on the Sierra Negra volcano in the central state of Puebla.

The LMT on Sierra Negra is the largest radio telescope in its class in the world, National Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics Institute, or INAOE, director Alberto Carramiñana said.

The apparatus has been drawing the attention of the world scientific community since 1997, the INAOE director said.

The LMT, which was built by the INAOE and the University of Massachusetts at a cost of $180 million, will allow scientists to study the formation of different bodies in the universe.

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