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Latest Rendering of the E-ELT
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Latest Rendering of the E-ELT

December 29, 2009
A new architectural concept drawing of ESO's planned European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) shows the telescope at work, with its dome open and its record-setting 42-meter primary mirror pointed to the sky. In this illustration, clouds float over the valley overlooked by the E-ELT's summit. The comparatively tiny pickup truck parked at the base of the E-ELT helps to give a sense of the scale of this massive telescope. The E-ELT dome will be similar in size to a football stadium, with a diameter at its base of order 100 m and a height of order 80 m.

Scheduled to begin operations in 2018, the E-ELT will help track down Earth-like planets around other stars in the “habitable zones” where life could exist — one of the Holy Grails of modern observational astronomy. The E-ELT will also make fundamental contributions to cosmology by measuring the properties of the first stars and galaxies and probing the nature of dark matter and dark energy.


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