By Associated Press - Sunday, October 5, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The University of Arizona is pledging $60 million toward the construction of a telescope in South America.

The Arizona Daily Star reported ( Saturday that the university is channeling funding for the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile and plans to double the investment in the future.

The school was granted approval from the Arizona Board of Regents for a $20 million donation from an undisclosed donor.

The university is seeking to stay involved in an international consortium focused on building what could be the largest telescope in the world.

The UA has already given $14 million to the $1 billion project.

School officials say no state-appropriated money will be used.

The UA Steward Observatory Mirror Lab is currently casting seven 27 ½ -foot mirrors for the project.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star,

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