Children building an E-ELT mirror

This aerial image shows a 1:1 scale model of the European Extremely Large Telescope's primary mirror, assembled next to the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory near Asiago, Italy.

The Italian observatory, founded in 1942, is dwarfed by the gargantuan E-ELT mirror… in fact, you could fit the entire Asiago building inside the footprint of the E-ELT mirror and still have enough room to swing a proverbial cat (and a big cat too)!

Around the edge of the mock-up mirror are the children who volunteered to participate in the task of positioning the 800 1.4-metre cardboard hexagons used to form the 39-metre E-ELT mirror mock-up.

Credit:

ESO/Sergio Dalle Ave & Roberto Ragazzoni (INAF-OAPD)

About the Image

Id:potw1440a
Type:Photographic
Release date:6 October 2014, 10:00
Size:2126 x 1330 px

About the Object

Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
Category:ELT

Image Formats

Large JPEG
1.4 MB
Screensize JPEG
321.4 KB

Zoomable


Wallpapers

1024x768
412.7 KB
1280x1024
679.5 KB
1600x1200
991.3 KB
1920x1200
1.2 MB
2048x1536
1.5 MB

 

Also see our