The E-ELT Enclosure Inside

A three-dimensional model of the gigantic and intricate structure inside the enclosure of the European Extremely Large Telescope. The revolutionary design of the telescope consists of five mirrors.

The main mirror, with a diameter of 39 metres, is visible in the lower part of the image, and the secondary mirror can be seen in the top part; with a diameter of 4.2 metres, the secondary mirror has almost the same size as the primary mirrors in the biggest telescopes currently in operation. A third mirror, with a diameter of 4 metres, lies below the main mirror, and two additional, smaller mirrors are contained in the little, white structure visible in the centre of the image: they will be used to remove the blurring effect of atmospheric turbulence from the images, in order to achieve the sharpest images ever obtained from a telescope on the ground.

The design for the E-ELT shown here was published in 2009 and is preliminary.


Swinburne Astronomy Productions/ESO

About the Image

Release date:10 December 2009, 23:35
Size:5000 x 2813 px

About the Object

Name:European Extremely Large Telescope
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope

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