The Five Most Expensive Telescopes in the World
5. Thirty Meter Telescope – $1.4 Billion
The $1.4 billion telescope, which is still being built on Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest mountain, is still under development
4. Atacama Large Millimeter Array – $1.4 Billion
This large telescope, which can be seen in northern Chile's Atacama Desert, was created to provide insights into how stars are generated as well as precise imaging of how planets are formed.
3. European Extremely Large Telescope – $1.6 Billion
I was astounded when I saw pictures of the big telescope's construction site. When it is finished, the European Extremely Large Telescope will be the biggest telescope ever.
2. Hubble Space Telescope – $2.5 Billion
The Hubble Space Telescope is ranked second on our ranking of the five most costly telescopes ever. Earth-based ground telescopes are significantly less expensive than those in orbit.
1. James Webb Telescope – $9.7 Billion
The James Webb Telescope, the most powerful and consequently most expensive telescope in the world, completes our list of the most expensive telescopes ever built.
The telescope has been under development since 1996, and its initial launch was scheduled for 2007. However, it's $9.7 billion construction was finished in 2016 at a cost.
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