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UK astronomy instrument to boost telescope in Mexico

A UK-made astronomy instrument bound for Mexico will help the North American country’s Large Millimeter Telescope make more precise measurements of black holes, the Science and Technology Facilities Council has said.

The Collaborative Heterodyne Astronomical Receiver for Mexico will operate using wavelengths of light less than a millimetre in length, the STFC said on 5 August.

Known as Charm, the receiver was supported by the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund and developed by experts from the STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in collaboration with the University of Manchester and colleagues in Mexico.

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