WATCH: It’s a strange-looking contraption: six telescopes bolted together and attached to a giant helium balloon. It’s nicknamed “Spider”. And as Linda Aylesworth reports, it might one day tell us how the universe was born.
Thirty-six kilometres above the earth, a telescope created in Canada is slowly circling Antarctica, hoping to find information that could unlock secrets of the galaxy.
A telescope, built in part by scientists from UBC and other universities across the world, is attached to a helium balloon. It launched on December 31 and is expected to be airborne for 20 days.
SPIDER is looking for patterns of polarization created immediately after the Big Bang.