Extremely Large Telescope (ELT)

The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is an astronomical observatory currently under construction in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. It is designed to operate in the wavelengths of visible light and near infrared.

When completed it will be an enormous 39.3 meters (128 ft 11 in) in diameter, making it the largest telescope of its kind in the world. Using the latest adaptive optics techniques, it is expected to provide images 16 times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope[1].

Initial work on this project began in 2011 following the selection of Cerro Armazones, Chile, as the location[2]. On-site work began in 2014 and operations are expected to begin in 2025[3].

CGI rendering of what the telescope will look like.

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Footnotes & References

1. https://www.eso.org/sci/facilities/eelt/ (2021-10-22)
2. https://www.eso.org/public/announcements/ann11034/ (retrieved 2021-10-11)
3. https://www.eso.org/sci/facilities/eelt/ (retrieved 2021-10-22)

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