May – The future European Extremely Large Telescope

This artist’s impression shows the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in its enclosure. The E-ELT will be the world’s largest optical and infrared telescope, with a primary mirror measuring an astounding 39 metres across. Due to begin operations early in the next decade, the E-ELT will tackle the biggest scientific questions in cosmology, by measuring the properties of the first stars and galaxies and probing the nature of dark matter and dark energy. Cerro Armazones, a 3046-metre mountaintop in Chile’s Atacama Desert, will be home to the E-ELT.


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