E-ELT site testing — Vizcachas / 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 site testing of Vizcachas, a site located in Chile, not very far from the ESO La Silla Observatory, home to the 3.6-metre telescope and its very successful exoplanet hunter HARPS. Vizcachas was on the E-ELT Site Selection Advisory Committee’s final short list for the recommended site.

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Id:vizcachas20077977_cc
Type:Photographic
Release date:4 March 2010, 11:20
Size:4368 x 2900 px

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Name:European Extremely Large Telescope
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
• X - E-ELT

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