E-ELT site testing — Cerro Tolonchar / Chile

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) programme office has studied half a dozen potential sites for the future E-ELT observatory, which, with its 40-metre-class diameter, will be the world’s biggest eye on the sky. Various aspects need to be considered in the site selection process. Parameters taken into account are not restricted to ‘sky quality’, but include more general scientific aspects, as well as parameters essential for construction and operations (e.g. accessibility, water and power supply, political stability etc.).

The above picture shows the test equipment placed on top of Cerro Tolonchar, a site located in Chile, and part of the team who made the measurements. Cerro Tolonchar is on the E-ELT Site Selection Advisory Committee's final short list for the recommended site.

Credit:

ESO/G. Lombardi (glphoto.it)

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Id:p1080488
Type:Photographic
Release date:29 March 2010, 11:25
Size:3552 x 2368 px

About the Object

Name:Cerro Tolonchar
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Surface : Mountain
• X - E-ELT

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