Denmark Confirms Participation In E-ELT Program

April 12, 2013
Image Caption: Artist's impression of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) on its future location atop Cerro Armazones, in the Chilean Andes. The E-ELT, with a primary mirror of 39 metres will be the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world — the world's biggest eye on the sky. Credit: ESO


Representatives of Denmark have confirmed that their country will participate in the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) programme. Twelve ESO Member States have now joined the E-ELT programme.

Denmark joined the organization in 1967, as the first new Member State three years after ESO´s foundation. The newly announced investment amounts to 8.5 million euros over the ten-year construction period.

“This decision marks another important push forward for the E-ELT project,” comments Tim de Zeeuw, ESO´s Director General, “Denmark is a long-standing member of ESO and with this decision it has taken an important step to keep Danish science and industry at the forefront of astronomy for future decades.”

Denmark´s participation will be financed by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, as well as by the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and the Technical University of Denmark. The three universities have agreed to finance the E-ELT additional contributions.

Denmark originally voted ad referendum for the E-ELT supplementary programme on 12 March 2013, meaning that this decision was subject to confirmation. The Danish Parliament has now approved the participation of Denmark in the E-ELT programme.

Construction of the E-ELT is expected to start later in 2013, with first light to come early in the next decade.

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