China will soon launch a telescope that will see 300 times the Hubble

China will soon launch a telescope that will see 300 times the Hubble

Beijing will launch its first large space observatory at the China Space Station, which is being developed, and it is planned that the telescope will begin its scientific activities around 2024 and compete with Hubble.

China's Xuntian Space Telescope will conduct large-scale space exploration of the sky.

Unlike NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, Xuntian will be close enough to Earth. Webb is approximately 1.5 million kilometres from Earth at Lagrangian Point 2, and CSST will revolve around the Chinese space station.

Xuntian is developing the Xuntian prototype.

The Xuntian Space Telescope will consist of five observation vehicles, including a terahertz module, an integrated field spectrograph and an off-grid planetary coronograph.

Most of the observations will be made by the Xuntian module, which is a wide field of vision camera. It will have the same resolution as Hubble, but the CSST field of view is 300 times larger. In 10 years of operation, it will be able to examine about 40% of the sky. Lee Ran, a scientist of the Scientific Data Processing System CSST project, compared Hubble to Xuntian and noted the superiority of the latter.